Course Area of Study:

The course is designed to provide scholarly and experiential exposure to the issues presented by the scale of incarceration in the United States today. Participants will gain an understanding of the politics of crime policy, the relationship between incarceration and crime, the racial dynamics of the criminal justice system, and alternatives to incarceration. The course will also facilitate interaction with actors in the justice system in the Washington, D.C., area, which may include court watching and a tour of the DC Jail, and discussions with leaders in corrections, jail ministry, reentry planning, and advocacy.