5.10 Lab Project Criminal Justice

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Same Instructions, watch video and answer questions. Super easy. NO APA STYLE, DON'T WORRY ABOUT THAT.

First link: http://www.ted.com/talks/nalini_nadkarni_life_science_in_prison
  1. Do you think violent criminals deserve to "feel more serene" as the speaker suggests?
  2. How might the prison benefit from prisoners who are calmer? 

Second link: http://www.democracynow.org/2013/7/17/california_prisoners_challenge_solitary_jail_conditions
Watch the entire interview, stopping the video at 35:55. Then, answer the questions below.
  1. What is the prisoners' primary demand?
  2. Why are many of the prisoners put in solitary confinement indefinitely?
  3. According to the video, how are California's solitary confinement procedures different from others around the nation and around the world? Do you think this constitutes cruel and unusual punishment? Why or why not?
  4. Do you think that gang members should be held in solitary confinement? If so, under what circumstances?
  5. The video doesn't mention the crimes that the prisoners on hunger strike were convicted of. Do you think this information would change your opinion on this issue? Why or why not?
  1. What is the fastest-growing segment of the prison population?
  2. Do you agree that health care is a constitutional right for prisoners?
  3. How many "lifers" are in California prisons?
  4. Which two sentencing laws have contributed most to California's increasing "lifer" population?
  5. Why does the prison doctor endeavor not to know the crimes his patients have committed? Do you think this is wise? Why or why not?
  6. Do you think prisoners should be let out on compassionate release? Why or why not?
  7. What is the recidivism rate for criminals over the age of 55?
  8. In your opinion, does it make sense to keep elderly and sick convicts in prison, even though they pose little risk to public safety?

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