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Race, Crimes, and Restorative Justice

About this Course

This course explores the impact of race on the criminal justice system and how restorative justice approaches might help address the systemic racism that permeates the system. Starting with the US Constitution, the course will explore the 13th Amendment, convict leasing, Jim Crow, and the War on Drugs, mass incarceration, and racial disparities in arrest, prosecution, and sentencing practices. Through guest presentations, case study, film, and literature, students will tackle challenging questions about how law, policy, and practice has perpetuated racial divide and discrimination in this country.

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Restorative Justice