Film Review: Application to Corrections

1) First, view one of the movies from the list below:

• A Clockwork Orange (1971)
• American Me (1992)
• Brubaker (1980)
• The Concrete Jungle (1982)
• Cool Hand Luke (1967)
• The Crossing Guard (1995)
• Dead Man Walking (1995)
• Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
• American History X (1998)
• The Executioner’s Song (1982)
• Felon (2008)
• Getting Out (1994)
• Against the Wall (1994)
• The Green Mile (1999)
• Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
• Murder in the First (1995)
• Obsessed (2002 TV movie, not the 2009 film with Beyonce)
• The Scarlet Letter (1995)
• The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
• Short Eyes (1977)
• True Crime (1999)

2) Then, consider each of the following points in your paper:

• Briefly summarize the story (I have seen all these films so you don’t need to spend more than a few lines summarizing the story)

• Choose one of the following course topics below and discuss the relevance this film has for that course theme:

Philosophies of punishment
Community corrections
Probation and parole
Re-entry challenges
Criminal thinking
Bail
Preventive detention issues
Jails
Prison riots and disturbances
Special needs inmates
Prisons
Inmates’ rights
Correctional staff issues
Male inmates
Female inmates
Capital punishment

In other words…. What, specifically, did you learn from this movie that was directly relevant to what we’ve been learning in our class about the course theme you chose? What does the movie add, if anything, to our discussions of your chosen course theme? How does the movie coincide with (or deviate from) what you’ve learned about corrections in class?

• Lastly: If you were teaching Intro to Corrections, list 5 points that you would want your students to take from the movie.

Your response should be typed, double-spaced, standard 12pt font (Times New Roman) in APA format (you can skip the abstract, but you need to have a cover page, running head, and sources cited in APA format), and free of grammatical and typographic errors. It should have an intro, body, and conclusion.

**The source is the film of your choosing.

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