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This course is designed to provide a survey of the discipline, including its use of social sciences and law in understanding the phenomena of crime and justice and how the two relate. Further it explores criminal justice theory and processes, as well as the roles of ideology, politics, and mass media in shaping crime policy. Lastly, it seeks to foster deeper perspectives on how justice—for individuals as well as for society—relates to intensely human experiences like freedom and suffering.

For this assignment students were required to visit and tour Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP). After the tour students were expected to write a paper describing what they witnessed along with examining the historical significance of ESP, specifically focusing on the approach, forms and goals of the punishments used.