Race and Mass Incarceration

Law 533






The course is designed to introduce students to competing perspectives on the relationship between race and mass incarceration. Students will, over the course of the semester, read selections from several books, including: Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (New Press, 2012); Paul Butler, Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice (New Press, 2010); and James Forman, Jr., Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017). The course will use these books and some additional articles as the jumping off point for a multifaceted discussion of crime, punishment, power, poverty, and race in America.

This course will address in depth issues that are often mentioned in passing in criminal law and criminal procedure courses.

C. Hessick

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