Course Code: CJS 152
Academic Year: 2021-2022
This course examines the role of jails and prisons in Canada's justice system, and in Canadian society. It explores a variety of controversies related to punishment and incarceration, many of which are as old as prisons themselves. After describing the essential features of the corrections system, and the key players inside it, the course moves into a series of debates about the purposes of modern prisons. What are prisons meant to do? What do they actually do? What should they be doing instead? Students will have an opportunity to find their own answers to these questions, and to develop strategies and plans consistent with their views.