The Challenge of the Cradle to Prison Pipeline
This course explores the process through which youth in urban areas are funneled into criminal careers and lives in prison. The focus is on the experience of young men who face the prospect of spending significant portions of their lives incarcerated. Three segments of the life-course for this population are explored - before, during, and after prison. The course is developed as a Service Learning Course, offering students opportunities to learn about and work in communities with programs that target criminogenic factors and are designed to prevent youth from ending up in prison. The community component of the course requires 15 contact hours in community service settings such as group meetings, agency hearings, courts, intervention programs, etc. The course utilizes a "life story" approach to learn more about individuals, families, and communities at risk. Other activities include a prison visit, reviews of programs in prison and class visits with former offenders.