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There are three orienting facts that render mass incarceration in the United States an ethical problem worthy of our deep consideration. First, the rate of incarceration has grown dramatically over the last 40 years so that today there are 2.2 million people in prison or jail, and another 5 million on probation or parole. This means that 1/32 adults in the USA are under state supervision. Second, the application of incarceration is disproportionately applied to the poor, people of color, and other vulnerable populations. Research shows that 85-90% of those in the criminal justice system fall below the poverty line, and the experience of incarceration only impoverishes people further. The consequences of having a criminal record are harsh and debilitating, ranging from family disruption, social alienation, and disenfranchisement. In these ways and others, the current situation of crime and punishment represents a dramatic moral challenge. Finally, victims of crime are themselves poorly served by the current system, often ignored or sidelined in the machinery of punishment. This course seeks to discover alternatives to the current systems of crime and punishment in order to imagine a more inclusive, just and moral society....
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1

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Course Welcome and Introduction

This module introduces the course's focus on mass incarceration in the United States as an ethical challenge. The facts that define the issue reveal a nation in crisis. We begin with an exploration of religious faith as one starting point for our investigation. However, this course is intended for anyone who is concerned with the problem of incarceration. Beyond following the theological call to attend to the least of these, the course is also motivated by the sociological observation that we learn much about ourselves and our society by exploring how we treat those we deem "criminal." The first module describes the elements of mass incarceration in the United States, and begins to investigate the causes and consequences of this reality....
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3 vidéos (Total 29 min), 7 lectures, 2 quiz
Video3 vidéos
Mass Incarceration: Introduction10 min
Alex Friedmann: "Mass Incarceration, Criminalization, and Recidivism"5 min
Reading7 lectures
Acknowledgements10 min
About this course3 min
Recommended Readings10 min
About the "Pre-Course Survey"10 min
Western Theories of Justice40 min
Trends in U.S. Corrections10 min
Facts About Prisons10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Pre-Course Survey20 min

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Crime and Punishment

This module takes up the questions of crime and punishment. What is crime and what are the purposes of punishment? What are the cultural resources that inform the way we think about punishment today?...
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9 vidéos (Total 96 min), 4 lectures, 1 quiz
Video9 vidéos
Doug Knight: "Justice and Mercy Applied: Stories from the Bible"17 min
Doug Knight: "Stories of Justice and Mercy: Cain and Abel"12 min
Doug Knight: "Stories of Justice and Mercy: The Goring of the Ox"5 min
Doug Knight: "The Ten Commandments: Law, Order and Sacred Authority"8 min
Doug Knight: "Why the Bible Still Matters: Crime and Punishment Today"12 min
Social Theories of Punishment8 min
Retributive Theories of Punishment8 min
Utilitarian Theories of Punishment8 min
Reading4 lectures
The Bible and Punishment5 min
Durkheim, The Functions of Crime30 min
Retributive Justice30 min
Legal Punishment30 min

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The Rise of the Prison

This module takes up the question of the rise of the prison, and its expressions in contemporary USA. How did the Prison Industrial Complex arise, and why has it taken the form it has? ...
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11 vidéos (Total 115 min), 7 lectures, 1 quiz
Video11 vidéos
The Rise of the Prison, Part 2: The Colonial Period to Now6 min
Alex Friedmann: "What is the prison-industrial complex or PIC?"3 min
Lisa Guenther: "How do prisoners end up in solitary confinement, and what happens there?"29 min
"Why prisons Started using solitary confinement and why we should end the practice of extreme isolation"22 min
Alex Friedmann: "History of the Private, For-Profit Prison: The Convict Lease System"9 min
Joe Ingle: "The Convict Lease System"3 min
Alex Friedmann: “The Private Prison Business Model”5 min
Alex Friedmann: “Why Private Prisons? The Politics of Punishment”6 min
Alex Friedmann: “Prisoners as Commodities: Moral and Ethical Objections to Private Prisons”11 min
Alex Friedmann: “Private Prison Industry: Ancillary Products & Services”6 min
Reading7 lectures
History of Prisons35 min
Film Viewing Guide: "The Farm: Angola Prison"45 min
The “Legacy of Slavery” Comes to the Smithsonian with Angola Prison Guard Tower Donation5 min
Angola Museum: History of Angola Prison10 min
Viewing Guide and links to PBS "Slavery by Another Name"30 min
Mother Jones: "My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard"45 min
Banking on Bondage: Private Prisons and Mass Incarceration45 min

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Criminalization: The Experience of Prison

This module looks more closely at the intimate details and experiences of criminalization and incarceration. We explore the experience of being charged with a crime, of going through the court system, and of finding oneself in prison. What is the experience of prison, both on those who find themselves inside and those who are the family and friends of the incarcerated?...
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12 vidéos (Total 147 min), 4 lectures, 1 quiz
Video12 vidéos
Alex Friedmann: "Mass Incarceration, Criminalization and Recidivism"5 min
Dawn Deaner: “History and Purpose of Public Defense”6 min
Dawn Deaner: “Public Defense: How it Works and Doesn't Work”8 min
Dawn Deaner: “The Impact of Poverty on Justice”10 min
Dawn Deaner: “Biggest Challenges in Public Defense”8 min
Dawn Deaner: “Concluding Thoughts”2 min
Chief August Washington: “Challenges to Policing”11 min
Roundtable Discussion: The Experience of Prison13 min
Roundtable Discussion: The Day-to-Day Reality of Prison17 min
Roundtable Discussion: The Hidden Pains of Prison32 min
Roundtable Discussion: Painful Truths About Prison in America16 min
Reading4 lectures
Gideon v. Wainwright 372 U.S. 335 (1963)30 min
The Atlantic: "Travesties in Criminal Justice That Are Mostly Ignored"10 min
Viewing Guide: PBS "Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story"10 min
Viewing Guide: "Rikers: An American Jail"30 min
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par JQJul 9th 2017

Great course. I enjoyed the lectures and readings.

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Graham Reside

Assistant Professor
Vanderbilt University Divinity School

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Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tenn., is a private research university and medical center offering a full-range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees....

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