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234.4 sec. 1 - From Community Control to Mass Incarceration: Legacies of 1970s Criminology (Fall 2012)

Instructor: Jonathan Simon  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: M 3:35-6:15
Meeting Location: 134

Course Start: August 27, 2012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49579

After decades of heavy reliance on imprisonment states around the US are lowering prison populations and trying to rely on other responses to crime. In California, which saw the most extreme turn toward imprisonment of perhaps any state in the nation, and which has retained its commitment longer and with more extreme results in terms of human rights violations in prison, 2011 saw a Supreme Court decision affirming population reduction orders and new laws toward a "realignment" away from state prison. The shift away from imprisonment returns us to questions about how communities can reduce crime while conserving the dignity and civil rights of their citizens that were last seriously debated in the criminology of the 1970s, a time when rising crime rates and an incomplete civil rights movement generated innovative theoretical and empirical work by sociologists, historians, and criminologists, many of them associated with the School of Criminology here at Berkeley. The closure of the School in 1976, a controversial and highly political decision which we shall revisit was the end to an important period of criminological innovation. This seminar aims to explore this heady brew of radical and liberal criminology, some of its extensions in the period of mass incarceration, and its legacies for contemporary crime policy.


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Course Category: Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP)
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Criminal Law
Law and Society
Public Law and Policy
Social Justice and Public Interest

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