Sociology and Crime

For this assignment, we will be considering some of the ways that the criminal justice system in the U.S. contributes to some social problems. For this exercise you will explore the We Are All Criminals website and compare the experiences of those who “got away with it” to the experiences of those who did not. Steps in the exercise: Go to https://www.weareallcriminals.org (Links to an external site.). Read the personal accounts under “Luxury to Forget” (those who “got away with it”) and “More Than My Mugshot” (those who didn’t). Click each box to open up the full story. Consider and write down your answers to the following questions—one paragraph per answer: In what ways did avoiding a criminal record impact the lives of people with the “luxury to forget”? Provide three specific examples. In what ways did having a criminal record impact the lives of people who are “more than [their] mugshot”? Provide three specific examples. Reflect on—but do not submit—your answer to the following question: If you have ever broken a law but avoided a criminal record: How will having the luxury to forget shape your own life? What would you put in your We Are All Criminals narrative? If you have a criminal record: In what ways are you more than a mugshot? What would you put in your We Are All Criminals narrative?

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