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CRIM 3656 Lecture 1: January 10
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Department
Criminology
Course
CRIM 3656
Professor
Anna Pratt
Semester
Winter

Description
3 Course Themes: 1) Prison-Punishment Nexus: -taken-for-granted relationship between prison and punishment -wide range of sites outside of the cjs in which we can come to understand punishment -failure of prisons in achieving its goals: reduction of crime and rehabilitate offenders (rationale) -prisons as the first resort for punishment -perhaps the most significant finding of the report is that while we regularly impose this onerous and expensive sanction, it accomplishes very little apart from separating offenders from society for a period of crime -we seek to challenge and interrogate this taken-for-granted relationship, the prison-punishment nexus The Shifting Boundaries of Punishment: -educational system: academic integrity -workplace: commonplace workplace disciplinary measures -different objectives 2) Punishment is a socio-historical phenomenon: -the criminal justice punishment doesn’t exist in nature, but changes in time and place: not merely a technical means in protecting the public -punishment: not merely using this in a broad way What is Criminal Punishment? -what distinguishes criminal punishment from other penalties? -the imposition of pain and deprivation on individuals, suffer and confinement, imposed by state officials: authority of the law and the judgment in the sentence of the court for the crimes committed in response to acts that violate a written, codified criminal law Punishment as Pain Delivery: -intentional infliction of pain within the institution of the law -while pain reduction has been adopted as a major goal and that in society it is difficult to let people suffer intentionally, we still inflict intended pain -our choice of neutralizing words deceive us -we bleak descriptions of the intended sufferings -punishment is about pain delivery -no English word for “pain delivery” -if pain delivery is not a concept, it ought to become one -seen from the perspective of those delivering these services, infliction of pain can be carried out in the insulation of value conflict -through the choice of words, repetition, the whole thing has become a commodity: points to a basic feature of punishment: deprivation, the intentional imposition of suffering -our choice of neutralizing words deceives us: raises questions of the importance of how we name things -naming imputes meaning and value -naming is always political: clearly in relation to criminal justice punishment..the way we talk about punishment reflects underlying assumptions and nature of punishment, who we are punishing, etc. -“correctional system” reveals this set of underlying guiding assumptions and narratives that rela
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