Course Description

LAW 916 - Re-entry, Work and Race

This seminar surveys emerging legal and policy responses to the profound labor market consequences of racialized mass incarceration.  Specific approaches to re-entry will be placed in broader social policy context and will be compared to related issues involving immigration status, welfare-to-work transitions, and disability.  Emphasis will be placed both on choices between different solutions to the same problem and on disagreements over how to define the problem itself, especially how central is an analysis grounded in racial justice and civil rights.  The course will be organized around three approaches to the field:  changing employer practices (for instance by prohibiting consideration of criminal records), changing previously incarcerated people (for instance by providing targeted training), and changing incarceration itself (for instance by altering prison work programs).  Students will be evaluated primarily on a paper based on the course materials and due shortly after the course concludes; with instructor permission and for an additional credit, students have the option of substituting a research-based paper that will satisfy the SAW requirement and be written during the spring semester.

Course Information:

This course is not offered in 2018 - 2019

Labor, Employment & Work; Administrative Law & Government Regulation - Public Health, Labor and Welfare; Criminal Law and Procedure; Mini-Courses;