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Crime & Justice Policy

CJS 4311 Spring 2006 Wednesdays 1-3:45 CB 1.106 Prof. Kimberly Kempf-Leonard Office 2.120 Green Hall 972-883-4969; kleonard@utdallas.edu Office hours Mon. 3-3:345, Wed. 4-5 & by appt.

Course Description This course examines efforts to control crime through public policy. Although most crimes are committed by private persons against individual victims, crime is a public problem and society’s reaction to crime and criminals is one of the most controversial areas of public policy. Public policy surrounding crime is examined in a variety of crime and justice contexts. Current topics of debate include crime prevention, police patrolling techniques, gun control; sex offender registries, rights of victims, prosecution of juveniles, mandatory sentencing, community-based alternatives, capital punishment, conditions of confinement, and the abolition of parole. Students first learn theoretical models of how criminal justice processes operate. They then apply these models to a wide range of crime control strategies and policies in an effort to understand how policy reform might improve certain aspects of criminal justice. Course pre-requisites are either CJS 3302 Advanced Criminology or CJS 3303 Advanced Criminal Justice, or permission of instructor. Course Goals & Requirements This is an advanced course in the Crime and Justice Studies curriculum and operates as a seminar (to introduce graduate study format). In a seminar, students are expected to read all assignments in advance of the class meeting and to take an active part in discussions. In addition to participation, students are expected to convey their understanding of complex issues associated with various policy initiatives and to demonstrate their ability to assess crime and justice policies in accord with theoretical models. These goals will be assessed by having students guide discussion of critical issues found in reading assignments during several class meetings, and by a term paper based on a prominent policy related to crime or justice of their choice (subject to permission of the professor) due at the end of the semester. During the first meeting, students will sign up to co-lead policy discussions for meetings 413. Ideally, each student should have a leadership role in two policy discussions. Paper topics and format should be resolved by week 6; outlines are due by week 10; papers are due three days after the last class meeting. There is no final exam (happy graduation). Course grades will be calculated as follows: 30% participation throughout semester 40% discussion leadership 30% term paper Required book (ordered at both bookstores) John L. Worrall (2006) Crime Control in America: An Assessment of the Evidence. Boston: Allyn & Bacon (ISBN 0-205-41879)

Course Schedule (possibly subject to slight revision & change) Meeting 1 2 3 4 Date Assigned Reading 1/11 1/18 1/25 2/1 Chp. 1, Identifying and evaluating crime control Chp. 2, Crime control perspectives Chps 3, Traditional policing & 4, Proactive, directed, and creative policing Chp. 5, Community involvement in policing Chp. 6, Prosecutors Chp. 7, Incapacitation and legislative approaches Chp. 8, Tough sentencing and deterrence No class, UTD Spring Break Chp. 9, Probation, parole, and intermediate sanctions Chps. 10, Rehabilitation, treatment, and job training & 11, Crime control in courts and beyond Chp. 12, Individual, family, and household crime control Chp. 13, Crime control in the community and in schools Chp. 14, Reducing criminal opportunities through environmental opportunities Chp. 15, Juvenile crime control & 16, Putting it all together to explain crime trend

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