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Clinic: Prison Reentry Strategies

Persistent joblessness for most of the 650,000 adults released from state and federal prisoners each year undercuts the principles and articulated goals of the American justice system. Working as a team led by the Director of the Clinic's new Program for Prison Reentry Strategies, students in this [class/ clinic section] will analyze current strategies and devise new approaches to the challenge of connecting returning prisoners to living-wage jobs in a recession economy. Clinical students will gain insight into the operation of American criminal law and its impact on a convicted person's ability to obtain employment through visits to programs at a prison or the Cook County jail and from conversations with business people who hire returning prisoners, Illinois corrections officials, representatives of civic organizations and non-profit organizations who advocates for prisoner reentry, and federal and state policy makers. Course requirements include: active participation in 4-5 weekly seminars introducing students to the development of crime policies and sentencing laws, their consequences and current approaches to employment-related prisoner reentry; participation in visits and meetings relevant to the student's project; and, completion of either one 10-20 page paper addressing a substantive issue in prisoner reentry or completion of a policy paper for the program's use or attributed publication. Students should contact Malcolm Young with questions: youngmalcolmc@gmail.com


Catalog Number: LITARB 731


Course History

Spring 2011
Title: Clinic: Prison Reentry Strategies
Faculty: Young, Malcolm C. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Clinic     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 4     Actual: 4



Fall 2010
Title: Clinic: Prison Reentry Strategies
Faculty: Young, Malcolm C. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Clinic     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 4     Actual: 3