SOC 357 Race, Crime & Criminal Justice

This course is designed to introduce students to the sociological examination of racial/ethnic disparities in involvement in crime and the Criminal Justice System. Students will learn about the social production and organization of crime, the role of the criminal justice system in dealing with crime, and the consequences that result from crime control policies and practices. This course will pay particular attention to the role that mass incarceration has played in perpetuating inequality. Topics covered in this course include (but are not limited to): the collateral consequences of involvement in the criminal justice system, `the mark of a criminal record,? racial/ethnic differences in crime and system involvement, and cumulative disadvantage as a result of the system.