2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin

CRJ 737 Race, Punishment, and Prison

This course examines the expansion of the “prison industrial complex” and its roots in anti-black racism that began with slavery and Jim Crow and grew into the contemporary mass incarceration system and extensive urban segregation. This course asks if the current pattern of imprisonment is a renewed expression of long standing systems of racial capitalism or something new and different. Assignments include weekly discussion questions, presentations, and a term paper.