a. Explain the socially constructed nature of deviance.
b. Explain the relationship of social control and power in society.
c. Analyze the causes of deviant behavior.
d. Explain the impact of deviance on society.
Crash Course Sociology
a CNBC original documentary, goes behind the razor wire to investigate the profits and inner-workings of the multi-billion dollar corrections industry.
With more than 2.3 million people locked up, the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world. One out of 100 American adults is behind bars – while a stunning one out of 32 is on probation, parole or in prison. This reliance on mass incarceration has created a thriving prison economy. The states and the federal government together spend roughly $74 billion a year on corrections, and nearly 800,000 people work in the industry.
Corporations are running many Americans prisons, but will they put profits before prisoners?
A grim new statistic: One in every hundred Americans is now locked behind bars. As the prison population grows faster than the government can build prisons, private companies see an opportunity for profit.
NOW on PBS investigates the government's trend to outsource prisons and prisoners to the private sector. Critics accuse private prisons of standing in the way of sentencing reform and sacrificing public safety to maximize profits.
A Sociological Investigation
What happens in the final 24 hours before an execution?
In America, thousands of prisoners are locked up in solitary confinement for years, even decades. With unique access to the punishment wing of a supermax prison, award-winning director Dan Edge paints a shocking picture of this hidden and often violent world.
Filmed over six months in Maine State Prison, this film follows the institution's new warden as he tries to reform the system and release some of the prison's most dangerous inmates back into the general population. Unsurprisingly, some of his staff are nervous and resistant to the reforms and he faces a prison culture which has always emphasised punishment over rehabilitation. The film also features younger inmates, inside for less serious crimes, who are driven to shocking self-harm and even suicide by the mental stress of being locked up alone for 24 hours a day.
Why do some groups and people conform to the norms, and others don't? We'll look at social control, the method by which conformity is taught and enforced. Then, we'll cover theories of deviance, including several theories on why a social group or person may violate society's norms.
A British documentary film. It tells the story of Nick Yarris, who was convicted of murder and spent 21 years on Death Row in Pennsylvania. The wrongly convicted Nick Yarris confronts the truth in David Sington’s dramatic documentary.
This video is suggested for a mature audience and has been edited for school viewing.
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