Liman Project: Incarceration, Isolation, and Criminal Justice Reform (30172). 2 units, credit/fail with a graded option. This project enables students, working in groups, to learn about the law of incarceration and to work on understanding facets of incarceration. One ongoing project involves studying how prisons use and regulate long-term isolation (sometimes called “solitary confinement,” or “restricted housing” or “administrative segregation”) and working on how to reduce the number of persons in isolation and the degrees of isolation for those in such placements. The Liman Program has done two national surveys, and will continue to do data collection and analyses as well as more research on the law and policies related to isolation more generally. Another project focuses on the role gender plays in incarceration, in terms of the ways in which women and men are classified, placed in facilities, and the programs and rules imposed. Again, the goals include research and reform. Students work in teams and meet regularly with supervisors, and, with permission, students may elect to write a related Supervised Analytic Writing or Substantial Paper for additional graded credit. Writing is required, as the projects always involve reports, power points, and research memos. The projects usually span more than one semester and have, on occasion, resulted in published articles. Permission of the instructors required. J. Resnik, K. Bell, L. Fernandez, and A. VanCleave.
Course Bidding: Students should provide a brief statement of interest and a C.V. by June 23, at 4:30 p.m. Bidding on this clinic constitutes authorization for the Registrar's Office to release a copy of the student's Law transcript to the instructor. The instructors will only consider the statement of interest, not the weighted preference, in determing who is accepted, so students should be clear about whether they are very interested in participating even if they are also in other clinics.
Note: Regular meeting times will be determined after class schedules are set so that times work for as many as possible.