ADJ Drug Study Guide

ADJ Drug Study Guide - arrested individuals, self reported...

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1. We had a transition lecture from describing the criminal justice system and the subjective nature of “justice” and how drugs and crime is but an example of the dynamic and interactive nature of our CJ system. 2. We went over the drugs-crime “story” (from the 1960s onward) as an example of how the criminal justice system, crime trends, social forces, definitions of crime, changing responses, prison populations, moral panics, etc. all interact to create justice outputs and thinking regarding drugs and crime. 3. This led to “The Big Question” – What is the connection between drugs and crime? Are they connected, and depending upon which theory we subscribe to, what might be the criminal justice system’s response? 4. In many ways, drugs and crime do seem connected… here, we reviewed various ways in which drug crimes and drug problems are measured (high school senior self reports, police reports, testing
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Unformatted text preview: arrested individuals, self reported drug abuse by prisoners, (remember the charts/graphs?) geographic connections (remember the map?). All of these indicators give us the impression that drugs and crime are connected. But how are they connected? What does the research say? 5. Drug-Crime theories - know what each are and how they are defined, be able to give examples from both lectures AND the reading, be able to tell me the support for and against each theory, be able to provide alternative hypotheses to each theory, and be able to tell me what types of criminal justice responses might be preferred given a belief in any one of these drug-crime theories: - psychopharmacological - economic compulsive - systemic - common cause 6. Also we discussed some possible consequences of various types of responses to the drug-crime problem (prison overcrowding, biases as to who goes to prison, etc.)...
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course ADJ 100 taught by Professor Lum during the Spring '08 term at George Mason.

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