Criminal Justice Reform
Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2
While the United States continues to house more prisoners per capita than any country in the world, there is also growing bi-partisan momentum around criminal justice reform. This course will highlight the roles and interests of key stakeholders in the criminal justice system — including judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, correctional officers, private prison executives, as well as scholars and advocates for criminal defendants and the incarcerated — to assess prospects for and resistance to system-wide reform. We will also consider comparative international models, situating the U.S. criminal justice system in a global context. Readings will include case law, social science literature, and comparative law texts. This seminar provides an opportunity to satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement.