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.