Police, Prosecutors, & Prison

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Journalism & Design

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Police, Prosecutors, & Prison

Spring 2021

Taught By: Faculty TBA

Section: A

CRN: 8679

Credits: 4

As calls for criminal justice reform grow urgent, it’s vital -- for journalists, policy-makers, social activists, and citizens - to understand just how our criminal justice system works - and doesn’t. Students engage in a critical survey of the U.S. criminal justice system, designed both to introduce students to its institutions, procedures, and practices, as well as to probe its effectiveness, fairness, and legitimacy. In a series of deep dives into the component parts of the justice system (e.g., legislatures, law enforcement, prosecutors, defense attorneys, courts, prisons), we will read and discuss a wide range of hotly-contested issues--among them, three-strikes laws, broken windows policing, wrongful convictions, solitary confinement, collateral consequences. Students will also explore how race and class help to shape the criminal justice system and determine its outcomes. Class discussions draw on the writings of top thinkers in the field, including Michelle Alexander, Angela Davis, James Forman, Jr., John Pfaff, and Bryan Stevenson, as well as a range of other conventional and unconventional sources (articles, podcasts, crime data). This course aims to equip students to make informed judgments of their own about the virtues and defects of the system, and to contribute meaningfully to the ongoing debates about reform.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Journalism & Design (LLSJ)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:22am 7/12/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/10/2021