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The Prison Industry & Criminal Justice Incentives (LAWS915001)


School
Law School

Department
Law

Faculty
EISENBERG, ALVANA 

Term
Fall 2018

Maximum Size
18

Day / Time / Location
  • Monday
5:00 p.m. - 6:50 p.m. STUART HOUSE 406

Credits
02

Level
Graduate

Description

The last four decades have seen an exponential increase in the United States prison population. The rise of mass incarceration has created a prison industry whose incentives now shape criminal justice policy. This seminar will explore the roles and interests of a variety of stakeholders in the criminal justice system ? including department of corrections leaders, local sheriffs, correctional officers, private prison executives, and prosecutors ? whose decisions affect the future trajectory of the prison population. We will examine recent reform efforts and reactions of criminal justice actors, paying special attention to regional and other differences that challenge conceptions of the prison industry as monolithic. We will also consider a broader, comparative frame, situating U.S. prisons in a global context. Readings will include case law, social science literature, and comparative law texts.

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Corequisites

Cross Listings

Course Index
9824

Frequency
Annually

Repeatable
No