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Lecture 9

CRM/LAW C7 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Ibm System I, Miscarriage Of Justice, Gas Chamber


Department
Criminology, Law and Society
Course Code
CRM/LAW C7
Professor
Valerie Jenness
Lecture
9

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12/04/2017
KERAMET REITER ON PELICAN BAY
- Book about prisons within prisons & what is its consequences
- 23/7: 23 hours, 7 days a week confined
- Expanded reliance on solitary confinement
- Solitary Watch (Posted to watch on own)
- Appealing to Justice: Prisoner Grievances
Ear Hustle (posted online)
- Stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it
- Podcast where prisoners produce statements about what it’s like to be in
prisoners
- Ear hustle: listen in/ eavesdropping
MASS INCARCERATION
- Number of prisoners increased after 1970s
- U.S. leads the world in incarceration
- The South led the way in mass incarceration
- What is it about the South?
- 16 states have more people in prisons and jails than in college housing
- Americans don’t know crime has plummeted
- Because fear of victimization has been rising
- Incarceration continued to rise after crime rate fell
- Prosecutors filed more charges even at arrests remained flat
- Most cases don’t go through full trial - they’re plea-bargained
- Well over 90%
- Life sentences have been on the rise
- Death sentences are becoming rarer, but more are getting life without parole aka
not leaving
- Prisoners serve much more time
- Population becoming older
- California: home to largest death row
- Black defendants get longer sentences for same crimes
- Get arrested more often
- In 3 states, more than of black electorate is disenfranchised
- States with less incarceration don’t have more crime
- We think incarceration is a crime control strategy
- Juvenile justice system has shrunk by roughly half
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