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Last approved: Mon, 03 Jul 2017 08:03:16 GMT

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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Sociology (SOC)
Alternatives to Imprisonment
Alternatives to Imprisonment
Fall 2017
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SOC 1001 or SOC 1002; and SOC 1003

Mark Motivans, Ph.D
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Incarceration as a prominent feature of formal social control in the United States; the efficacy of strategies to reduce reliance on prisons; historical use of imprisonment and alternatives; the recent increase in correctional control and its social, cultural, and economic costs; the impact of incarceration on reducing crime; obstacles to reforming current incarceration policies; and the effectiveness of front-end and back-end strategies to reduce reliance on imprisonment.
As a result of completing this course, you will: have an understanding of the reasons behind the abrupt increase in the U.S. prison population over the last 25 years and an understanding of attendant social, economic, and cultural consequences; have an understanding of the rationale behind exit strategies and alternatives proposed to reduce reliance on imprisonment; gain knowledge of past and present social movements to abolish prisons and/or to promote penal moderation; be able to interpret and synthesize several research articles that assess the effectiveness of an approach to reduce reliance on prisons; be able to critically evaluate various policy responses aimed to reduce reliance on prisons; and, have communicated knowledge and beliefs through a term paper requirement, an in-class presentation, and through on-line interaction with instructor and peers.
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CCAS - GCR:Social & Behavioral

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