Seminar in Sociology

PREREQUISITES: 3 COURSES IN SOCIOLOGY, INCLUDING SOC-UA 1 OR SOC-UA 2 OR SOC-UA 3 OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.

American criminal punishment appears remarkably severe. Compared to other nations, the US federal system and each of the 50 states exhibit (i) higher rates of incarceration; (ii) higher rates of correctional supervision; (iii) extraordinary penalties such as capital punishment and life imprisonment without possibility of parole; (iv) more extensive collateral consequences such as disfranchisement, limitations on employment and residence, loss of welfare benefits; (v) more publicly-available and longer-lasting criminal records; and (vi) a unique system of imposing administrative fees and custodial charges on indigent offenders and inmates. No other nation today deploys penal power in these ways and to this extent. No liberal democracy, and possibly no totalitarian regime, has ever developed a penal system of this size and scope. The Sociology of Punishment seminar will discuss the nature of America’s penal system and explore possible explanations for its distinctive character.

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Term

Section

Instructor

Schedule

Location

Fall 2019

1
David W Garland
T: 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM 295L 4156
1
Jackall Robert
W: 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM 295L 4156

Spring 2020

1
Jeff Manza
T: 12:30 PM - 3:10 PM 295L 4130