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Winter Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Stephen Kappeler

Dr. Stephen Kappeler

Winter Course:  CRJ 423 The Industrial Prison Complex

What feature would you like to highlight about this particular class? 
This course encourages students to consider the question—is our criminal justice system biased against poor people? I want my students to learn how a person’s social position can influence how they are treated if they enter the criminal justice system.

Why would you recommend that students take this winter session course? 
I would recommend this course for a couple of reasons. First, it could allow criminal justice majors who are trying to complete their curriculum to graduate in the spring. CRJ 423 is an upper level course and earns students 3.00 credit hours.

Second, this course addresses a social issue that is very prevalent in today’s world--the fact that our criminal justice is often biased against poor people and is more lenient of those people who have money or high social standing. I want my students to be able to receive an in-depth study of this problem that has plagued our justice system for many years.

What is your favorite seasonal activity to participate in during the winter break?
My favorite seasonal activity to participate in during winter break is to bundle my granddaughters up and go shopping and then stop for hot chocolate afterward. These are the memories that will last a lifetime!

Published on October 28, 2021

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