570.01 Criminology and Criminal Procedure

In this seminar, we will read social science research to examine the empirical assumptions of rules, systems, and practices of criminal law and procedure. We will cover a series of empirical questions, which may include: (1) Does stop and frisk policing reduce crime? (2) Can body cameras change police behavior? (3) Does the death penalty deter? (4) Are there alternatives to incarceration that can keep us safe? (5) Is there racial disparity in sentencing, and if there is, what can we do about it? (6) What is the right age of majority to separate the juvenile and adult justice systems?

While some background in social science and statistics may be helpful, it is not a requirement for the course. Students will be evaluated based on class participation and a series of reaction papers. Students will also be asked to lead discussion of some of the readings.

Spring 2020

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor
Course Credits
Class participation
Ben K. Grunwald
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW.570.01.Sp20
Email list: LAW.570.01.Sp20@sakai.duke.edu
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