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(no subject) [Mar. 3rd, 2007|08:52 pm]
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Is anyone in this community presently working with young offenders or in some sort of youth justice setting? Or, is anyone hoping to end up in such a position?
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Class Questions! [Jan. 14th, 2007|06:06 pm]
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Okay folks, here's the deal. This semester I'm enrolled in a class called Administration of Justice (CRJ 603) for my Masters program. I didn't want to take it because everyone and their brother said it is very dry, but it's a required one. Problem is, I can't really tell what it's going to be like based on the description provided in the course catalog:

Intensive and integrative analysis of the administration of criminal justice. Uses a pluralistic model of public crime control policy making to examine existing and possible future efforts and effects on the American criminal justice and criminal-legal system and its agencies and operations. Extensive exposure to the criminal justice system, supporting social science, and legal literature in the field.

That's about as clear as mud, don't ya think? ;-) Anyway, I was wondering if anyone has ever taken a class of similar nature and if you could provide a little insight as to what it covers.

Also, these are the books that are being used for the class...anyone ever use/read any of them, and what did you think?

Sense and Nonsense about Crime and Drugs by Walker (I've used this one for a previous class, so I know what to expect.)
Police for the Future by Bayley
Reform in the Making by Lin
Speedy Disposition by Church

Thanks in advance guys and gals.
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(no subject) [Dec. 26th, 2006|08:49 am]
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I'm a correctional officer, just wondering if anyone was in the same field.
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American Based? [Dec. 13th, 2006|10:54 pm]
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Hey guys im nearly 21 and from the UK,

I am currently in the final year of my degree in criminology - 

I was just wondering if you have an members from the UK in this community or if it is soley US based.

Look forward to keeping tabs


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Skogan [Dec. 1st, 2006|12:26 am]
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Has anyone ever read Disorder and Decline by Wesley G. Skogan?

I ask because I had to read a chapter in it for part of a Crime Prevention assignment and I found it to contain some very interesting material. I'd like to read the rest of it, but I also would like to hear what others think of it.

Thanks. :-D
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Good criminology related jobs [Nov. 16th, 2006|11:54 am]
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What can people recommend?

I plan to do a Criminology MA soon and want to get some work experience to support the applications I will be making.

What sort of industries or areas of work do people recommend which can be related to the MA in such a way which will support an application?

I plan to be working in Toronto, if it helps.

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(no subject) [Nov. 7th, 2006|12:56 pm]
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Reading Akers and Sellers' Criminological Theories has confirmed what I had suspected: that even academics (supposedly objective social scientists!) tend to favor/support those theories which are in line with their own political leanings.

Any thoughts? What's your personal experience with this phenomenon?
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(no subject) [Nov. 7th, 2006|12:50 pm]
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If you knew that someone in your class had plagiarized (committed an act of academic dishonesty), would you report it? Why or why not?
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Kelling and Coles [Nov. 5th, 2006|11:41 pm]
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Has anyone ever read the book Fixing Broken Windows: Restoring Order and Reducing Crime in Our Communities (Kelling & Coles, 1998)? From what I've heard, it's supposed to be like a follow-up to the now infamous Broken Windows article published by Wilson and Kelling in the Atlantic Monthly (1982). I ordered a copy from Half.com because I'm a big fan of the original article, and I also believe that, when properly implemented, community policing-type programs can be effective.

Any feedback?
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That ever-so-popular debate... [Nov. 1st, 2006|07:09 pm]
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What does everyone think about drug legalization? Will it really reduce crime rates, as is often promised by its proponents?

I've heard a mixed bag of responses from people in various other communities, but I think a criminological perspective would be interesting as well.
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