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Justice, Mercy and Mass Incarceration, Vanderbilt University

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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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por JQ

Jul 09, 2017

Great course. I enjoyed the lectures and readings.

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por Paulo Ricardo Vijande Pedrozo

Dec 23, 2017

Excellent course on practical aspects of Philosophy and Theology, on nowadays situation of mass incarceration. Let's perform a practical act of prayer, studying what this course has to say to us!

por Eirina Gkini

Dec 02, 2017

Excellent! We'll structured and very eye-opening!

por Joy Smith

Oct 17, 2017

Pretty informative about prison

por Sarah Moss

Oct 09, 2017

I'm really glad I chose to invest time in taking this course. It gave me a much better understanding of the history of incarceration in our country, what goes on in the criminal justice system, and how our society is affected by mass incarceration. When I started the course, my hope was to be more educated on this topic, but I didn't think there was anything I could do to alleviate the problem. This course helped me realize that by being involved in helping the marginalized and the vulnerable in our communities, we are all doing our part to help end mass incarceration. I highly recommend it.

por Garrison Gibson

Sep 08, 2017

A very good course. I had no idea before taking it about the post civil war state of convict semi-slavery across the south through the 1920s. A free society does always need watch out for that sort of thing.

por JOHN QUINCY

Jul 09, 2017

Great course. I enjoyed the lectures and readings.