Investigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration

Prisons have historically profited from the loophole embedded within the 13th amendment that “abolished” slavery within the United States. A deeper dive into prison policies and practice will raise the question of whether the US ever abandoned its dark institution of slavery.

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VideoThis is Crazy: Criminalizing Mental HealthCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.A three-part documentary series which highlights stories of individuals with mental illnesses who have found themselves in a dysfunctional prison system rather than getting proper care.Investigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration
LessonEqual Justice InstituteA website dedicated to social justice issues:
Mass Incarceration, Racial Justice, Children in Prison, and Death Penalty,
Investigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration
LessonState PrisonsExamines the California penal systemInvestigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration
ReadingTeaching the New Jim CrowIn The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander introduces readers to the phenomenon of mass incarceration in the United States and challenges readers to view the crisis as “the most pressing racial justice issue of our time.”
This teacher’s guide is designed to provide the resources and support you need to explore these critically important issues with your students.
Investigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration
VideoOver CriminalizedOverCriminalized profiles three promising and less expensive interventions that may actually change the course of people’s lives. Copies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.Investigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration
Teacher Guide About Slavery by Another Name in the ClassroomCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.Slavery by Another Name in the Classroom aims to not only educate, but also to recover, explore and document shared histories. To delve into the breadth of history surrounding forced labor, the educational materials are aimed at high school and college settings and are divided into units on History, Civics and Social Justice, English and Media Literacy, and Economics. Each unit features activity guides that are designed to provide flexibility for use in the classroom and include a variety of rich multimedia film and oral history clips. To help you begin using the classroom materials.Investigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration
ReadingState PrisonsState PrisonsInvestigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration
ReadingThe Black Codes and Why They Matter Today
The impact on policing and prison in the 21st century Investigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration
ReadingUnchaining Civil RightsThis documents and describes the institutional and structural exclusions in the four Es - employment, education, enfranchisement and equality and the ways that these exclusions result in de facto discrimination of racial minorities.Investigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration
LessonJustice for All? Teaching About Crime and Punishment in AmericaThis is an anchor lesson for teaching Investigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration. Lesson includes links to related articles from the New York Times. Investigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration
VideoRestorative Justice ProgramThis two-part series examines the CYS restorative justice program revolutionizing the justice system. Copies of this film can be borrowed from YCCSInvestigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration
VideoTo Prison for PovertyCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.To Prison for Poverty documents the system that enables private probation companies to profit from charging excessive fees to low income people who can't pay small fines like traffic tickets.Investigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration
VideoThe Bail Trap: American RansomCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.The Bail Trap: American Ransom. This ongoing short-film series currently includes: Breaking Down Bail, unpacking the myths and history of bail, and Tai's Story: College or Bail?, a documentary about a young woman and the $100,000 price-tag put on her freedom.Investigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration