Sociology 246: Seminar in Crime and Justice





This multidisciplinary seminar will read and discuss research on crime, the social context in which it occurs, and criminal justice policy. We address this literature in the historic context of shifts in US crime policy to a less punitive regime, where incarceration rates may be significantly reduced. Besides studying empirical research on crime and punishment, we will also consider the future of crime policy, and how principles of justice can guide the role of police and corrections in poor communities.