VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY
JUSTICE AND RISK ADMINISTRATION
VICTIMS, OFFENDERS AND PERSONNEL IN JUSTICE
AJP 491/WST 391 Mary J. Clement, Ph.D.,JD/MSW Fall 1994 816 W. Franklin, Second Floor Phone: (804) 828-1050
DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE
Survey course that reviews and analyzes women in the legal system as offenders, victims/survivors and as professionals. Law and public policy issues are stressed. Juvenile and adult programs will be visited as field trips.
The goal of this course is to help you develop a more thorough understanding and awareness in the following areas:
You may elect to give an oral report over your abstracts and thereby reduce the number of questions you have to answer on the final exam.
There will be no written research paper because I would prefer you present the materials to the class as an oral presentation for all to be informed instead of just me in reading your paper. That means that after you determine your 5 abstracts and 2 law briefs, we will establish a schedule as to when you are to report to the class as part of the lecture on that topic.
If you qualify under the ADA of 1990 and need an academic adjustment, please talk with me as soon as possible.
HOW TO PREPARE AN ABSTRACT
What is an abstract:
An abstract is a written condensation of an article from a scholarly journal where the purpose of the writer is to extract from the original publication the essence of the work. This includes consideration of the original's author's purpose, major contentions, major support for the author's argument or hypotheses, and finally the conclusions the author draws from the foregoing treatment of the subject.
The purpose of preparing an abstract of a publication is to communicate the purpose and content of the original publication in a more sufficient form so that later the materials can be cited in papers without rereading the entire article.
Elements of an abstract:
followed by the numbers of the pages.
problem, additional research on which variables.
HOW TO BRIEF A LAW CASE
TENTATIVE CLASS SCHEDULE AJP 491/WST 391 Fall 1994 DATE TOPICS READING ASSIGNMENT Aug. 30 Introduction and Welcome! Moyer, Ch. 1-8 Sept. 1 Field Trip to a Women's Attachment on Halfway House 932 W. Franklin; "Women's Prisons Ms. Peters, Director Overcrowded and Be there at 2:00 p.m.* Overused". Sept. 6 Library for orientation. Select topic and begin abstracts and legal briefing.** Sept. 8 Incarcerated Parents and their Children--Guest Speaker Mrs. Johanna Schuchert, VCAP Sept. 13-15 Female Offenders (slide show) Moyer, Ch. 2 &5 Discussion of adult and juvenile offenders Sept. 20-27 Women in prisons and jails Moyer, Ch. 6-8 (slide show) and young women in juvenile corrections Sept. 29 Oral arguments for paper Oct 4-6 Rape (videotape) and child Moyer, Ch. 9-11 sexual assault Bass and Davis
FIRST WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT DUE OCT. 4TH
Oct. 11-13 Bass and Davis's Book Role Playing Oct. 18-20 Domestic Violence (videotape) Battered pregnant women Oct. 25-27 Prostitution, pornography Guest Speaker Nov. 1-3 Ritual abuse (videotape) Guest speaker Nov. 8-10 Health issues: Drugs, Aids Nov. 15-17 Women in Law Enforcement Moyer, Ch.13,14 (slide show); Guest speaker Nov. 22 Women in Law and Corrections Moyer, Ch. 15,16 Nov. 29 Student Reports Dec. 1 Student Reports Dec. 6 Experiential Learning*** Dec. 8 Last of Student Reports Last class day, class evaluation
*I want you to combine your readings in your text with the field trips to either defend or refute the attached materials written by Immarigeon and Chesney-Lind on "Women's Prisons Overcrowded and Overused". This assignment is called writing a position paper. You must take side and present facts to support your claims. The paper should be typed, double spaced, about five pages in length due Oct. 4. This is a written assignment. It will constitute 28% of your grade.
**For the library assignment on Sept. 6th, I want you to begin to identify your topic area and your five articles for abstracting and your two law cases for briefing. This is an written assignment followed by an oral presentation. Your oral presentation should be from abstracts of the articles or annotated bibliography. There will be no written paper on this part of the assignment.
***This assignment is based on the idea that people can learn from structured activities or experiences. I will assist you in selecting an experience from which you can learn. The guest speaker on Sept. 8, will talk about visitations of children to their mothers at the state (felony convicted) prison in Goochland. The actual visit will be on a Saturday in September or December depending upon which date you chose.
GROUND RULES FOR THIS CLASS
1. We acknowledge that some people do some very inhuman things to others. If any of this material upsets you, please talk with me after class.
2. We acknowledge that there are social inequalities.
3. We acknowledge that we have been taught misinformation. We cannot be blamed for the misinformation we have learned but we will be held responsible for repeating it. The past is gone but we can do something about the present and future.
4. We will not blame victims and we will assume that people do the best they can do until the time s/he realizes s/he can make higher choices.
5. We will not demean nor in any way "put down" people for their experiences, questions or comments.