CJBS 415.05 Fall 2021  Extra Credit Assignment     13th (2016 – Netflix)   Due on November 24, 2021

This assignment is optional.  Students can earn up to 12 extra credit points on their midterm exam by completing this assignment.  Students must watch the film 13th and answer the following questions relating to the three topics headings.  Partial credit is available.  Submission of the optional assignment is due via Blackboard by the end of the day on November 24, 2021.

  1. Southern Strategy.  Describe and discuss Nixons Southern Strategy plan in detail.  What was the goal of Southern Strategy policy?  Think about the political strategies that were used during the 2020 presidential election.  Please identify and explain the parallels that exist between Nixons Southern Strategy and the agenda/strategy employed by the 2020 Trump campaign.  Lastly, please provide your analysis (including your opinion) of the quote given by John Ehrlichman at 18:09.

  1. American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).  What is ALEC?  How is ALEC linked/tied to American politics?  Why do some of these corporations choose to align themselves with ALEC? Since 2008, ALEC has switched gears away from private prisons towards privatizing other sentencing related interests.  What industries is ALEC looking to privatize? In your opinion, as posed in 13th, should corporations be permitted to align themselves to politicians?  Why or why not?

  1. Private Prisons.  Several controversial policies contributed to a significant dependence on US prisons in the 1970s to 1990s.  List and describe each of the policies that led to the increase in prison population.   Our increased dependence on prisons led to the need for private prisons in the US.  Discuss and describe the history of CCA. Why are private prisons controversial from an economic/ethical point of view?  Describe the prison industrial complex.  Do you agree with the use of private prisons?

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