| Introduction to Criminal Justice
P100 | 1361 | Herbert
This course is an introduction to the structure and functioning of the
American criminal justice system. We will review the three main
components of that system -- the police, the courts, corrections -- and
seek to understand the principles underlying their construction.
Class readings will consist largely of ethnographies, first-hand accounts
of the criminal justice system in actual practice. We will be interested in
using this material to understand the inner workings of the social
networks that determine how justice is actually produced in the United
States. We will also attempt to wrestle with three overarching
questions: (1) How do larger forces in society shape how the criminal
justice system operates?; (2) How much individual discretion do justice
officials have and how does this affect the functioning of the system?;
and (3) How do efforts to respond to crime potentially conflict with
concerns about civil liberties?
Readings: Terry Williams, "The Cocaine Kids"
Steve Herbert, "Policing Space: Territoriality and the
Los Angeles Police Department"
John Irwin, "The Jail"
Sister Helen Prejean, "Dead Man Walking"
Requirements: Students will take two tests during the semester
and a final exam. Students will also be evaluated on
their attendance and performance during discussion sections.
Class Meeting: Two 50-minute lectures and one 50-minute
discussion section each week(MW, 1:25-2:15P, M015)
Course Will Satisfy: CJUS core requirement
Course Will Satisfy: Social/Historical Studies (Social
Inquiry distribution requirement)
Instructor: Professor Steve Herbert, Criminal Justice