Women in the Criminal Justice System (SC)

Section 1, Fall 17

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 14/15
Credits: 1

Course Description

For the past two decades, as the incarceration rates for men have declined, the number of women locked up in America has steadily risen. Indeed women are now the fastest growing segment of America’s jail and prison population. Nowhere is this trend more apparent than in Oklahoma where women are incarcerated at a rate more than twice the national average. Oklahoma is ground zero for women's incarceration and, thus provides a perfect window through which to study women's incarceration in the United States. This course will examine the experiences of women in all phases of the criminal justice system - from arrest to re-entry – and will explore questions like: What is driving the increase in women's incarceration? What are the interconnected systems that impact a woman's life once she enters the criminal justice system? What is unique about how women experience or respond to criminal justice involvement? Since 80% of women in the criminal justice system are mothers: How does criminal justice involvement intersect with child welfare systems, and what racial disparities do we see when comparing the experiences of Black and White women in the system? Using data and current research, along with interviews with justice involved women, and a wide array or reading materials (from The New Jim Crow by Michele Alexander to Killing the Black Body by Dorothy Roberts), the course will seek to identify the causes and drivers of the spike in women’s incarceration rates, and identify ways in which policy and structural changes tailored specifically to the experiences of justice-involved women can improve life outcomes, break the cycle of incarceration and ultimately roll back this emergent and frightening trend.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to submit a final paper (deadline and details to be announced, but deadline will be no later than noon on Nov. 9th (2 weeks after last class session, per Academic Policy).

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

General Information

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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Criminal Justice
Public Syllabus Link: None
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