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Abolish or Reform: The Future of U.S. Justice

HNRS 2020 Sec. 900 - Spring 2021

Assistant Professor Madalyn Wasilczuk LSU Law Center

Tu Th 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
100% Web-Based

The summer of 2020 saw renewed protests in response to the high-profile police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others. The protests called attention to ongoing racial injustice in the United States and the role of the criminal legal system in perpetuating systemic wrongs. This course will explore what is meant by punitive abolition in the United States and the systems that it touches. It will investigate what organizers and activists mean when they call for abolition—of the death penalty, of the family regulation system, of policing, of prison, and of the carceral punishment system more broadly. It will also examine the roots of these systems and why so many now call for abolition rather than reform.

Fulfills General Education:

English Composition
Social Sciences