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234.2 sec. 1 - Reducing Mass Incarceration: Innovative Solutions to a California and National Problem (Spring 2014)
"Criminology, Law & Public Policy"

Instructor: Jonathan Simon  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: W 2:10-5:00
Meeting Location: 2240 Piedmont

Course Start: January 08, 2014
Class Number (formerly Course Control Number) (Non-1Ls): 49633

The criminal justice system is suddenly awash with innovations after decades of "nothing works" pessimism. This seminar seeks to examine several key areas of innovation including new policing strategies, risk assessment to make incarceration more selective and effective, immediate intermediate sanctions as an alternative to revocation for people on parole or probation, and restorative justice among others. In each area we will seek to learn from contemporary empirical and theoretical work in criminology. Students will be expected to share in leading discussion and to produce a 30 page paper on the innovation of their choice. This paper could take the form of either an academic article, an application for a major grant or fellowship, or a memorandum to a criminal justice agency or NGO.


This course may satisfy the Writing Requirement.

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

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