Criminal Justice in the Media: Coverage and Consequences

Dr Carol Getty,
Steven Youngblood
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In the United States, most citizens (over 60%) receive their news from half-hour television news programs where the most common topic is crime by more than 2 to 1 over everything else. For the last decade the most common programming in prime time has been crime. Newspapers also cover crime — the more unusual or sensation the more likely the coverage. Consequences to this coverage include a fearful citizenry and a "get tough" rather than a rehabilitative policy for offenders and an incarcerative rather than a preventive solution to the crime problem.

Keywords: Criminal Justice, Media, United States Policies, Communication Arts
Stream: Representations: Media, Communications, Arts, Literature
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr Carol Getty

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Department Chair, School of Social Sciences, Park University

Prior to joining the faculty at Park University, I worked in appointed positions of Commissioner and Chairman by Presidents Reagan and Bush for the United States Parole Commission. Between 1978 and 1983, I served as a Board Member and Vice Chairman of the Arizona Board of Pardons and Paroles appointed by the then Arizona Governor. My expertise in is political science and public administration, and I have worked in juvenile and adult corrections as well as in probation and parole. I have numerous experiences in leadership positions in professional and volunteer organizations. I have traveled nationally and internationally personally and belong to People to People International. I sponsored the education of a Ghana student at Park University. I have team-taught a course in the media and criminal justice for the last five years with my co-presenter Steven Youngblood

Steven Youngblood

Assistant Professor of Communication Arts; General Manager-KGSP-FM, Communication Arts, International Education, Park University

I teach broadcasting, communication, and journalism classes to undergraduates at Park University, a small, liberal arts college in the American Midwest. I also sponsor the college radio and TV stations. My major accomplishments at Park include putting our radio station online, spearheading a capital improvement plan for broadcasting, fostering better relations between broadcasting professionals and my students, and working to expand and improve international education. I was a 2001 J. William Fulbright Scholar in Chisinau, Moldova. As a Fulbrighter, I taught at the State University in Moldova and in a local high school (lyceum). I also was a writer and editor for a local newspaper, and edited a UN magazine during my Fulbright. I have returned annually to Moldova to teach workshops and seminars for students and professional journalists each of the last three years, the first two years on U.S. State Department grants, and last summer, on a UNICEF grant. My international experience during the last year includes being a part of a People to People ambassador programs journalism and mass communications delegation to South Africa, and accompanying a global leadership and education seminar to Monterrey, Mexico. In addition, my wife, son, and I are the host family to four Park University international students.

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