1. How much did you know about the criminal justice? What were the two biggest takeaways on the justice system for you?
2. Examine how Picking Cotton relates to each of the justice system components (police, courts, corrections). Are the police practices/techniques described in Picking Cotton align with what you learned in criminology? Did the courts process described in Picking Cotton match what you learned in the criminal justice system? Did the day-to-day life in prison discussed in Picking Cotton line up to criminology course materials? Use specific examples from Picking Cotton to demonstrate the connections.
3. In reflecting on Picking Cotton, was it important to read descriptions of the same events from two opposite viewpoints? Does the criminal justice system do a good job in looking at an issue from both sides? Explain why or why not.