Lang Prison Initiative Reading Group: Carceral Con-The Deceptive Terrain of Criminal Justice Reform

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Eugene Lang

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
LPI Reading Group
Spring 2024
Taught By: Zishan Ugurlu
Section: A

CRN: 15329

Credits: 0 TO 1

This course will explore the social justice road to abolition through the writing of Kay Whitlock and Nancy A. Heitzeg, which distills the “murky and troubling ways” of “bipartisan criminal justice reform.” We will investigate the harmful consequences of widespread reforms and deepen our abolitionist commitments. The American prison system has fallen predominantly on poor communities of color. The United States incarcerates more of its own than any other country in the world. Roughly 25% of the world’s total prison population is here in the United States, with over 2,500 inmates on death row, 2.3 million people behind bars, and 4.4 million people under some form of probation or parole supervision manifesting this country’s racialized mass incarceration, the prison industrial complex, and human rights catastrophe. If you are thinking of becoming an abolitionist or already consider yourself an abolitionist, we hope you will join us this Spring 24 semester as we read and discuss the question of “Prison Abolition” through the text, CARCERAL CON - THE DECEPTIVE TERRAIN OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM, examining the contemporary reform agendas and how their failed structure reproduces “racial and economic inequality.” People active in transformative justice and prison abolition movements will join us for a few sessions. Lang College Civic Engagement and Social Justice, Prison Initiative Reading Group organized and initiated this course. This course will meet remotely on Mondays between 6:00 to 7:30 pm starting Monday, January 29th. Our last class is on Monday, March 18th. (Monday, February 19th & March 11th: NO CLASS). Please note that we will have two additional three hours each of in-person tutorial sessions.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Eugene Lang (LANG)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Tutorial (J)

Modality: Online - Synchronous

Max Enrollment: 10

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: March 10, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 3:36am EDT 7/13/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Building: Online Course
Room: 999
Date Range: 1/29/2024 - 3/18/2024