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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCC25H3
Professor
Francisco Villegas
Semester
Winter

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SOCC25 – W5 - Who are more likely to have crime - Procure sentence – very often people plea bargain – if you plead guilty to this other one we will leave it at that - Overpolicing o Which body is thought of as potentially criminal o Which community and neighborhood, is understood as crime written? - In one group of individual they are more likely to have to interact with police than others. Furthermore, overpolicing can be annoying. You might be stopped on your way home today. But you need to also conform to police instructions or else you will be committing crime. - Regardless of whether it is your first day of the job, police maintain same level of same discretion. Doesn’t matter what senority o If boys get in a fight in school where there was no police, it will be ok. But if police was there you can push criminal charges on them - We live in this current context and engage in this form of discourse so there is shared understanding of which bodies required increased policing? - A lot of laws are constructed to take away people’s land, resources, children, etc. they were done in a way in dehumanizing discourse. It was white mens burden that people were civilized. - Whenever we try to get rid of racism and sexism it gets debunked - There is culture of policing regardless of the body within it. It is not just the physical unit that has to be changed but it is how community is policed. How is this idea of anti snitching of the police unit? We always talk about how something is bad but when the police comes they don’t come forth. We need to change the Police culture in a way how police are rewarded. You get bigger beating by racialized cops - We always talk about racial profiling. Every moment that occurs before sentencing - Not everyone charged is prosecuted or given jail sentence. There are many ways in which race, class, gender, and sexuality that affect people’s gender system o Who can afford better lawyer o How is offence understood o How is crime socially constructed o What constitutes criminal effects o How do we understand punishment and how it fits particular offence - Belonging are normalized o Normalized ways of being are considered to be deficient. o Example of burning money, etc. all cultural practices can bring consequences - Language becomes important. Not every single word can be translated and some words have additional meaning - Lack of such an interpreter in this criminal system can have consequences to people who are involved. - Prof didn’t like that SES aspect of this o Poor people are more likely to be criminal? o Middle class bias according to a lot of researchers - Possession of cocaine is ok but crack is felony. Who can afford cocaine or crack? Which community is criminalized? Then we think about who creates the law and how law is unequal to certain communities - You have an offence and punishment. And punishment is supposed to agree with the offence. But researchers question how is it truly honest that crime fits punishment o i.e. white color crime o when one chooses to invest a lot of money from a company then it goes bankrupt it has a huge consequence of society. There is so many people now jobless. o How come white collar crime carry small sentence? You can go to jail for crack possession for 5-10 years, you might get 2 years in jail after losing a lot of money and putting so many people jobless. - Many research shows that spouse abuse happens the same in rich and poor communities – it is fallacy Resistance - Criminalized resistance means passive resistance like ignoring court orders or not answering cops Making Canada White - Also happens in the airport outside of Canada - NA made law when they had to pay for return tickets when they were paid to be invisible - Pre 9/11 - In order for privilege to exist, there must be some people that don’t have privilege - My privilege is based on the lack of privilege of other people o The money that make is mad
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