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SOC209H5 Lecture Notes - List Of Ultima Characters, Mental Health Court, Realplayer


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOC209H5
Professor
Philip Goodman

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Lecture 2
… Serious/violent crime is on the rise
- Locking people up is making the crimes to go down
- Increasing sentencing need to be tougher
Recidivism notoriously hard to calculate, harder to comparebut often lower than in U.S. and little evidence of
widespread and wholesale increases
Parole grant rates fairly stable around 45% for full parole
Rative that someone has committed a crime and is released but done it again, because violated parole
Government : definition that is restrictive
U.S.: very high and advicate more resources, making big data mess
No evidence that the story is getting worse
Some same canada does better then US
Video clip
Committed suicide in women‘s penitentiary – lived for the past in custody in horrific conditions
In Kitchener
A women killed herself in front of an guards and the guards did not do anything
Was transferred 17 times from diff facilities facilities mental health diagnosis
she was a problem to pass on, no prison wanted her cause she kept destroying the property
There is no place for people like smith, that are criminally charged and are mentally unstable
So she was sent to places with doctors which she was treated and she would get better and be transferred back
and would go back to her destruction
She was in the prison in the first place is because she threw an apple to a person delivering mail
Mental health problem
She would destroy property so she would increase her probation
Why did the guards did not intervene they were asked not to because of being transferred so many times for
help of her mental health
She negotiated with the system so she could get attention and get some human interaction with others so she
would constantly to harm herself so there would be some human contact but it was always forceful
So without rewarding this behaviour of suicide, so the staff watched her die.
Type of society and types of law (reading article)
Article
Description about what occurs in high school
Argument about these two groups : Saints and Roughnecks
Looking at class but can be said about race and ethnicity to

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Saints are more deviant and roughnecks are constructed in different way they are more disobedient constructed
by school and police
Perceptions are different
Despite what they did in high school (acting out) and they are entering to university and few straighten out but not
a lot some roughnecks get into the bad outcome
Out of control people, the way they are perceived
Perceptions are consequential
SOC209
January 24 LEC 3
What about in Canada?
Idle No More & First Nations Canadians
From the website of the OCI (http://www.oci-bec.gc.ca/rpt/annrpt/annrpt20052006info-eng.aspx):
-- ―Established in 1991, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) concluded that ‗the justice system
has failed Aboriginal people‘
-- While Aboriginal peoples comprise 2.7 percent of the adult Canadian population, approximately 18.5 percent of
offenders now serving federal sentences are of First Nations, Métis and Inuit ancestry (Correctional Service
Canada, 2006.)
-- While the federally incarcerated population in Canada declined by 12.5 percent from 1996 to 2004, the number
of First Nations people in federal institutions increased by 21.7 percent.
-- Should the current trend continue unchecked, the Aboriginal population in Canada's correctional institutions
could reach the 25 percent mark in less than 10 years.‖
A ‗New Puntiviness‘?
Definitions of ‗the new punitiveness,‘ especially in light of our discussion of the relationship between law and
society
Link between crime trends and increasingly punitive measures
Does the ‗punitive turn‘ adequately capture criminal justice practices in Canada?
Does ‗tough justice‘ work?
Rafter: Shots in the Mirror
-Why study movies?
- traditional crime films frameworks:
-criticize some aspects of society (police brutality, legal barriers to justice, etc)
-identifying a character who restores order
-thus crime films are ―progressive‖ nut mot radical
-since 1970s, ―alternative tradition‖ refusing easy answers and neat endings

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Why they went bad: Criminology in Crime Films
-drawing on, and embodying, popular criminological explanations
-major types:
-born bad
-made bad
-twisted psyches
- Aspiration and longing
insane, perverted, sick and diseased need to be incapacitated
-―alternative tradition‖
-extra category when things don‘t quite fit
-some films resist the temptation to present simplistic notions of why people commit crimes
-do movies cause crime?
-no direct link
Eschhoz et al: Images of Crime in Television
-how much of an impact do television shows like Law and Order and NYPD Blue make on people‘s beliefs?
-discrepancies in the ratios
-over-represent homicides
-overstate success rates
- Race.gender proportions
- Types of crime
- Success rates
- Civil rights violations
- Overall image of crimes vs. Law enforcement
Beckett: Role of the Media
-media‘s role in agenda setting
-what/how/why presented
-public’s attitudes are shaped by the media
-Beckett‘s larger thesis: first politics, then fear of crime, then punitiveness
-Crime and drug issues as packages and frames
-crime packages: respect for authority, balance needs, civil liberties under attack, poverty causes crime
-drug packages: get the traffickers, zero-tolerance, need more resources, war fails
-the vast majority of people that do the talking to the media on crime and drugs are state sponsored actors
-control oriented views on crime
-larger image: people are not committing crime because they are poor, they are doing it because they are
criminals
\ people know what they are doing and it is organized crime and they are committed to a certain lifestyle
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