Mass Incarceration and the Human Services

Description: The United States now had the highest rate of incarceration in the world–higher than Russia, China, and Iran. 5% of the world’s population, and 25% of its incarcerated population are individuals who live in the United States. There are seven million Americans either in prison, on probation, or on parole–mostly for selling or using drugs. How did this happen? How does it impact individuals, families, and communities? What can we as social workers and other human service providers do to help?

This course explores these questions through historical analysis, documentary evidence experiential learning and critical conversation. It is designed for those who practice within the criminal justice system as well as those practicing where it borders the broader systems of health and social care. The course seeks both to inform and inspire action to not only end mass incarceration, but to care effectively for its survivors, too. 

Learning Objectives:  By the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe and discuss what mass incarceration is.
  • Identify the psychosocial impact of mass incarceration.
  • Apply their ability to describe, discuss, mass incarceration and identify its impact to helping survivors. 

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Phillipe Copeland, PhD
Event Date: 
Friday, March 22, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Attendance Mode: 
In Person
Justice or Corrections
Boston University School of Social Work
264 Bay State Rd
Boston, MA 02215
Sponsored by BSAS: 
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