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HIST 338 Crime and Punishment in the United States

Faculty: Hillyer
Content: The rise of the carceral state in the United States, including crime in different historical eras and the ways Americans have sought to deter, punish, and rehabilitate. Sub-topics include the changing role of the police; changing definitions of what constitutes a crime; the evolution of the prison system; the rise of convict labor; the political economy of the recent prison boom; the emergence of the victims’ rights and prisoners’ rights movements; the privatization of prisons; differences in treatment based on race, gender, and age. Course will take place in a nearby correctional facility.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Interested students must submit a formal application to be considered for the course. For details, please contact the instructor. Junior standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.