Criminal Justice

 During the quarter, you should keep a typed or handwritten journal reflecting on all of the readings and documentaries assigned for each module (not including your textbook). Excellent journal entries will include critical reflections about the writing and its topic, as well as how it fits within the broader context of your textbook readings. This will be due at the end of the quarter and should be submitted electronically through Canvas (scans of handwritten journals are acceptable). There is no limit on the length of your reflections on the readings, however, on average, I would estimate that reflecting on each module’s material would need a minimum of 500 words. I will happily review your initial journal entries if you would like feedback. Reflections from each module will be worth 10 points for a total of 50 points.

Module 1 (foundations): Chapter 1-3

Bureau of Justice Statistics Criminal Justice System Flowchart (

Reliable Research. Real Results. | CrimeSolutions, National Institute of Justice (

Easy Access to the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Reports (

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) – All Data Analysis Tools

Mini TOC: Title 12A – CRIMINAL CODE | Municipal Code | Seattle, WA | Municode Library


OLRC Home (

Module 2 (Law enforcement): Chapter 4-6

Police Funding by Stephen Rushin, Roger Michalski :: SSRN

An Abolitionist Horizon for (Police) Reform by Amna A. Akbar :: SSRN

(17) Policing the Police 2020 (full film) | FRONTLINE – YouTube

(17) Future of Public Safety: Kickoff Session – A Path Forward – YouTube

The City that Really Did Abolish the Police – POLITICO

Camden police reboot is being misused in the debate over police reform – The Washington Post

What Disbanding the Police Really Meant in Camden, New Jersey | WIRED

The “Camden Model” Is Not a Model. It’s an Obstacle to Real Change. (

Chief’s Letter to City Council in Response to Decriminalize Seattle/King County Equity Now Proposals – SPD Blotter

Legislation Details (With Text) – Res 31962 (

Module 3 (courts): Chapter 7-9

How the ‘Truth and Justice’ Podcast Army Helped Free Ed Ates (

Thousands of U.S. judges who broke laws or oaths remained on the bench (

Who Polices Prosecutors Who Abuse Their Authority? Usually Nobody — ProPublica

The Plea | Watch S2004 E15 | FRONTLINE | PBS | Official Site

Module 4 (Corrections): Chapter 10-12

Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind – The New York Times (

The Prison-Industrial Complex – The Atlantic

How Private Equity Is Turning Public Prisons Into Big Profits | The Nation

Will the Coronavirus Make Us Rethink Mass Incarceration? | The New Yorker

The New Asylums | Watch S2005 E13 | FRONTLINE | PBS | Official Site

Solitary Nation | Watch S2014 E9 | FRONTLINE | PBS | Official Site

Life on Parole | Watch S2017 E14 | FRONTLINE | PBS | Official Site

Module 5 (Beyond the basics): Chapter 13-14

Stanching the School-to-Prison Pipeline – The Atlantic

Youth Confinement: The Whole Pie 2019 | Prison Policy Initiative

‘We have been through this before.’ Why anti-Asian hate crimes are rising amid coronavirus | PBS NewsHour

Second Chance Kids | Watch S2017 E11 | FRONTLINE | PBS | Official Site

Sex Trafficking in America | Watch S2019 E15 | FRONTLINE | PBS | Official Site

Documenting Hate: New American Nazis | Watch S2018 E17 | FRONTLINE | PBS | Official Site