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Public Policy and the Criminal Justice System: Perceptions and Realities

Dr. Karen Sternheimer
University of Southern California

In this course we will consider how we know what we think we know about crime in the United States. Beginning with an analysis of news coverage of crime and crime in popular culture, we will analyze how meanings about crime (as well as who commits crimes and why) are constructed in social contexts. We will also explore actual crime trends and consider the extent to which crime and treatment within the criminal justice system is related to inequality, particularly racial and economic disparities.

Read it in full on the Public Policy and the Criminal Justice System Syllabus PDF.

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