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Advanced Topics in Criminal Law and Policy

Not Offered this year 2015-2016
Last offered in 2014-2015

This is an advanced seminar is for students interested in criminal law and public policy. This seminar will provide an opportunity for an in-depth discussion of contemporary crime policy issues, drawing on empirical, legal, and historical readings. Possible topics include: the politicization of crime policy; role of race and class in criminal justice decision-making; the causes and effects of prison growth in the U.S.; the relationship between criminal sentencing and crime rates; restorative justice and sentencing alternatives; incarceration and communities; mental health in prisons; juvenile justice and adult violence; and jail and prison litigation. Special Instructions: After the term begins, students accepted into the course can transfer from section (01) into section (02), which meets the R requirement, with consent of the instructor. Section 02 will be graded on the H/P/R/F system. Prerequisites: None, but preference given to students with prior related class or work experience. Consent Application: To apply for this course, students must complete and e-mail the Consent Application Form available on the SLS Registrar's Office website (see Registration and Selection of Classes for Stanford Law Students) to the instructors. See Consent Application Form for submission deadline.

Instructors for this course (Past and Present)

Joan Petersilia