Portland-State-University 2023-2024 Bulletin

CCJ 365U Crime and Social Justice

Explores social justice in the context of crime and the criminal justice system in America. Investigates how the interconnections between crime, politics, and the economy shape the formation of criminal law and criminal justice policies. Particular attention is paid to how politically-influenced definitions of the “crime problem” in America produce disparate impacts on people of color, both individually and across whole communities. Proposed methods of increasing social justice in the criminal justice context are discussed.


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