SUP-720Y: Research Seminar in Criminal Justice Policy and Management

Semester: Year

Credit: 1.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Mark Moore


Day Time Location
First Day 9/5
Meet Day M/W 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM 124MA/200
Doesn't meet every week. See syllabus for details.


Finding an effective and just response to criminal offending has long been an important priority on domestic policy agendas. Without a just and effective system for enforcing criminal laws, it hard to imagine how a free society could exist.  Yet, there have long been criticisms of the system as it now operates. Some criticism focuses on the justice of the system as a whole. Others focus on the wisdom of particular policies. Still others focus on the efficiency and effectiveness of the organizations within the system.  Leadership in improving society’s crime prevention efforts requires one to think freshly, objectively, and creatively about both the policies that guide the effort, and the management of the organizations that do the work.  To help you offer that kind of leadership, this course presents and asks you to use an approach rooted in the core expertise of the HKS: its capacity for policy analysis and design, and the strategic management of public and nonprofit organizations. This approach will be presented and developed through work that I have done as the Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice Policy and Management.  In each class, we will take up an issue, consider how it has been addressed in the work I have done, and discuss how that analysis could be improved.  Over the course of the semester, you will be helped in developing an analysis of your own focusing on a particular criminal justice policy, or a crime preventing or security enhancing organization either within or outside the existing criminal justice system.


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