Education Inside US Prisons Seminar

Section 1ZO, Spring 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 3/16
Credits: 3

Course Description

Our nation spends more than $80 billion annually on corrections at the federal, state and local levels. Ninety-five percent of the 2.2 million men and women in our criminal justice system will return to their communities. Tragically, after being released, about 75 percent will return to the criminal justice system within 5 years, many in year one. This is not a sustainable return on our investment in financial or human terms. For the last decade, government officials, social entrepreneurs, college professors and students, and the formerly incarcerated have turned their attention to education programs as a pathway to reduce recidivism. Although public support for this approach is growing, prisoner rehabilitation through education remains one of the most contested ideas in criminal justice policy today. In this seminar, students will examine how law and policy have shaped the provision of education inside prisons--from GED to postsecondary degree, review social science research regarding their effectiveness, and discuss contemporary debates taking place in Congress and state capitols. We also will discuss a range of innovative models to address a big question at the center of a 233-year-old debate about crime and punishment in America: Are prisons designed for corporal punishment, human improvement, or a combination thereof?

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any): Due Date Only
Description: Substantial research paper.
Final Exam Notes:

Substantial research paper.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will work with the instructor on a substantial research paper which will satisfy the law school’s upper-level writing requirement. The paper will be due via EXPO by noon no later than the last day of the final exam period.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: Yes
**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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