Three information sessions will be held for the Prison, Society and You course (CJ 380) during the first week of February.
This course utilizes the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program to explore the relationship between individuals and the prison system. The Inside-Out Exchange Program is an evolving set of projects that creates opportunities for dialogue between those on the outside and those on the inside of the nation’s correctional facilities. The program demonstrates the potential for dynamic collaborations between institutions of higher education and correctional institutions. Most importantly, through this unique exchange, Inside-Out an this course seeks to deepen the conversation- and transform ways of thinking about crime and justice (Crabbe, Pompa, 2004)
Course Goal and Mission:
At the most basic level, this course and program allows students to go behind the walls to reconsider what they have learned about crime and justice, while those on the inside are encouraged to place their life experiences in a larger framework. Students will exchange ideas and perceptions about crime and justice, the criminal justice system, corrections and imprisonment. It is a chance for all participants to gain a deeper understanding of the criminal justice system through the marriage of theoretical knowledge and practical experience achieved by weekly meetings and extended throughout the semester. (Crabbe, Pompa, 2004).
Course Objectives - Students will:
- Know the history and politics of imprisonment in the United States.
- Analyze who is imprisoned.
- Discuss the contemporary prison experience.
- Review release from incarceration, financial costs of incarceration and three-strike laws.
Drexel PSA Building, Room 202B, 33rd and Powelton Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104