Borders, Banishment, and Beyond Seminar
J.D. Seminar 1175 (cross-listed)
| 3 credit hours
This seminar will explore a series of crises that afflict border fortification, incarceration and policing. Course readings and discussion will also center on reformist proposals to address those crises and more far-reaching abolitionist alternatives to borders and banishment.
Migration and incarceration—borders and banishment—present some of the most pressing legal, theoretical, and policy controversies in contemporary public life. Over the past two decades, criminal-immigration matters have become the most commonly prosecuted federal crimes; populations in immigration detention and criminal custody have dramatically increased; and though major proposed immigration reforms are stymied in Congress, pressures for reform in both the immigration and criminal contexts continue to mount.
The course will begin by considering the historical, psycho-social, and legal foundations of border fortification and banishment practices. Then, attention will turn to some of the crises that pervade border enforcement and incarceration settings—from the presence of millions of people in the United States without legal status, to the explosion in criminal and immigration detention, to the widespread problem of sexual assault and prison rape. Reformist alternatives to the status quo in immigration and criminal legal processes will be considered, including through examination of social movement projects and public interest practice settings focused on relevant reform. The course will conclude by investigating various abolitionist efforts to think and work beyond borders and banishment. Students will have the opportunity to visit a jail or prison, immigration and criminal court, participate in a police ride-along, and to observe public service advocacy work ongoing in these or related settings.
There are no prerequisites. All students are welcome.
Recommended: Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, Immigration Law.
FIRST AND SECOND CLASS ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY. All enrolled and waitlisted students must be in attendance at the first and second class sessions in order to be eligible for a seat in the class.
This seminar requires a paper. J.D. students must register for the 3 credit section of the seminar if they wish to write a paper fulfilling the Upperclass Legal Writing Requirement. The paper requirements of the 2 credit section will not fulfill the J.D. Upperclass Legal Writing Requirement.
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