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234.7 sec. 001 - Empirical Studies of the Causes of Mass Incarceration and Potential Remedies (Fall 2019)

Instructor: Franklin E. Zimring  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3


    Tu 3:35 PM - 6:15 PM
    Location: Law 107
    From August 20, 2019
    To November 22, 2019

Course Start: August 20, 2019
Course End: November 22, 2019
Class Number: 32697

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 7
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 22
As of: 04/07 11:14 PM

In a single generation, the rate of imprisonment in the United States grew from 97 per 100,000 to 500 per 100,000 and the number of persons in long-term confinement increased sevenfold. At the peak level reached in 2007, 2.3 million adults were confined in prisons and jails. This huge upsurge has been followed by a relatively small decline in the first decade after peak rates.

This seminar will investigate the causes of the explosive growth from 1973 to 2007, the pattern and policy in the first decade since the all-time high, and the likely pattern in the next three decades. Is mass incarceration the new American normal, and if so, why? How much of the huge growth in carceral population is reversible in the coming generation and what legislative and institutional changes can produce significant downward shifts?

The central reading material for seminar discussion will be an attempt at a comprehensive analysis of the causes of and remedies mass incarceration, a ten-chapter book that will be published in 2020 and a series of articles to be published in a law review symposium on the book. But there are also several earlier books available on mass imprisonment that we will study and that can be the basis for student paper topics. Some drafts of the symposium articles will be available by mid-semester.

Professor Zimring will use the following textbook:

Franklin E. Zimring, The Insidious Momentum of Mass Incarceration, to be published in 2020.
A complete electronic copy will be available by mid-July.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.

Strongly recommend already taken Criminal Law.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This class fulfills Option 2 of the J.D. writing requirement for all students in the course. All students must write 30 pages and complete a draft.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Criminal Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Public Law and Policy
Social Justice and Public Interest

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