1. A. Identify some key features of the criminal justice system in the United States. In other words:
what makes the United States' criminal justice system unique compared to the rest of the world?
In our justice system, we imprison lots of people. To take the percentage of the world, 5% of the
world's population are imprisoned
B. Identify parts of the criminal justice system where discretion/subjectivity is involved, according to
this week's readings/lecture/podcast.
All criminals are allowed lawyers to help them defend
C. Why might discretion/subjectivity be a good thing? How might it be problematic/harmful?
It shows just how stable our court system is, but it also a bad cause was allowing criminals to
have a way out of justice
2. A. Identify some common explanations for mass incarceration.
-War on drugs & racialization of criminality
-Growth of private prisons/ profit move
B. Affirm or debunk these explanations, based on your readings & lecture.
-A lot of people are in prison due to drugs and or a racial allegations
3. Identify some of the consequences of mass incarceration at each of the following levels (at least
three for each, and be specific!):
B. Community/local-one fewer community member
C. Society-wide/national-loss of income
4. A. What does it mean for crime and deviance to be socially constructed?
Crimes become more elaborate and planned out over time
B. Imagine you are explaining that crime is socially constructed to a friend. What is an example you
might give to explain this?
Robbing a bank
5. A. Which groups of people are disproportionately impacted by the criminal justice system?
B. Explain how this inequity manifests. Give at least one specific example.
Lower minorities are more likely to be imprisoned because they struggle or it's a false allegation
based on race
6. Identify how each of the big 3 theories might understand crime/deviance, as well as mass
incarceration. For each one, come up with at least 1 question that theoretical perspective might ask
about crime/deviance and mass incarceration.
A. Structural functionalism-any obstructive behavior should be criminalized
B. Conflict theory-our court system maintains society
C. Symbolic interactionism-were all being controlled?
7. A. Based on this week's materials, your personal experiences, and content you've learned from
other classes, what do you think the purpose of the criminal justice is?
To set whats right after a crime and to punish the accused who have been caught committing