Sentencing and Prison Practices in Germany and the Netherlands


Activity 8: Sentencing and Prison Practices in Germany and the Netherlands

For this activity I would like for you to read     this article

and reflect on the social stratification among those imprisoned and those who are not.  For example:

1.)  How does U.S. stratification by class, race, sexuality, etc. influence and shape the criminal justice system?

2.)  What differences exist for those imprisoned in the U.S. compared to Germany, and the Netherlands?

3.)  Do you think it is possible for the U.S. to replicate some of the more beneficial and positive aspects of the prison systems in Germany and the Netherlands? Explain.

*500 words minimum


Discussion 8: Applying Theories of Deviance

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Drawing from the information presented in Chapter 6 on theories of deviance, reflect on examples of these theories in your own lives or in our society.  Please answer the following questions in no less than 100 words:

Provide examples of illegitimate opportunity structures. What social conditions make these circumstances possible?  

How is power related to the labeling process? In the United States, what kinds of people have the greatest power to label others?

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