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Fall 2023 Reading Group

The Price of (In)Justice

Prerequisite: None

Exam Type: No Exam

This class will explore the ways in which money serves both as a form of punishment in, and a tool for the perpetuation of, criminal justice systems in the United States. We will examine who stands to lose—people with limited ability to pay or absorb the loss of fines, fees, restitution, and forfeitures of cash or property—and who stands to gain—government entities including law enforcement and courts, as well as private actors, for whom economic sanctions are a source of revenue. We will also consider recent advocacy efforts to reform or abolish the use of economic sanctions. Readings will include historical sources, scholarly works, advocacy reports, media coverage, and documentary materials.

Note: This reading group will meet on the following dates: 9/5, 9/19, 10/3, 10/24, 11/7, 11/21