In this episode we take a look at the issue of juvenile sentencing, and consider two compelling cases in Michigan that raise the question of whether children convicted of murder should be subjected to life in prison without the possibility of parole. (47 minutes)
Behind-the-scenes interview with 15-year-old Paradize, who is locked up in juvenile detention. Paradize discusses her home life, running away, an alcoholic father, domestic abuse, depression, rape, bipolar disorder, anger management, and family counseling. (48 minutes)
The goal of Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach was to review recent advances in behavioral and neuroscience research and draw out the implications of this knowledge for juvenile justice reform.
The authors address various hotly debated topics along three loosely connected themes: prevention, prosecution, and corrections. Each author presents arguments both in favor of and opposed to various treatments, programs, and punishments.
Many countries across the world have abolished the death penalty, and the United States remains the only English-speaking Western democracy to still allow capital punishment. Should the United States abolish the death penalty? (1 hr 37 min)
The death penalty has inspired controversy for centuries. Raising questions regarding capital punishment rather than answering them, this book offers the footing needed to allow for more informed consideration and analysis of these controversies.
Unique among Western democracies in refusing to eradicate the death penalty, the United States has attempted instead to reform and rationalize state death penalty practices through federal constitutional law. Courting Death traces the unusual and distinctive history of top-down judicial regulation of capital punishment under the Constitution and its unanticipated consequences for our time.
This episode examines Garrett House, a Camden, New Jersey, halfway house. This program explores the world of the 47 men who live at Garrett House and specifically follows the case of a convicted murderer.
Neither an endorsement or a demonization, Inside Private Prisons details the complicated and perverse incentives rooted in the industry, from mandatory bed occupancy to vested interests in mass incarceration. If private prisons are here to stay, how can we fix them?
Examines the four major theories sociologists use to analyze deviant behavior— differential association theory, control theory, labeling theory, and strain theory. They also discuss the relationship between race, class, and gender within the criminal justice system. (14 minutes)
In this program we discover what a forensic psychologist actually does to put together a profile of an offender. It concludes with practical uses of profiling, potential benefits and drawbacks, and the emergence of a new evidence-based approach. (25 minutes)
A vast array of behaviors fit into the definition of criminal. The authors of these 20 chapters examine the historical contexts of each topic and offer arguments both for and against the ways in which legislators and courts have defined and responded to criminal behaviors.
This book facilitates an open and honest debate about criminal behavior between the more traditional criminologists who focus primarily on environmental factors and contemporary biosocial criminologists who examine the interplay between biology/genetics and environmental factors.
According to prime-time television, criminals are brought to justice in a speedy and efficient yet drama-filled manner. In reality, the process can be slow and meticulous, as rules must be followed to safeguard the defendant’s constitutional rights. This program provides a solid grounding in the processes and players involved in the court system and takes viewers step by step through a trial and sentencing. (30 minutes)
Federal mandatory minimum sentencing statutes (mandatory minimums) demand that execution or incarceration follow criminal conviction. This book provides an overview of federal statutes and a discussion of some of the constitutional challenges they have faced.
What acts truly deserve the death penalty? And how equitably do we apply this ultimate punishment? Cathleen Burnett explores wrongful capital sentencing to offer a sober yet searing critique of the criminal justice procedures and legal criteria involved.