Issues in Law/Soc: New Jim Crw

Academic Year

Issues in Law & Society: The New Jim Crow: This seminar will examine the phenomenon of mass incarceration, specifically, the "war on drugs", barriers faced by ex-offenders, the impact on communities of the incarceration of significant percentages of the population, the role of race, and the parts played by police, prosecutors, judges, defense lawyers, legislators and others in perpetuating mass incarceration. Bread & Roses will focus on the Lochner Era, the Red Scare, the 8-Hour Day Movement, and the theories and practices of the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W. or "Wobblies"). The theories and practices of the I.W.W. will be used as reference points for an examination of present-day legal debates including but not limited to globalization, civil liberties after 9/11, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and problems with prisons.