611.01 Readings: Race, Policing, and Criminal Justice

This course will convene a discussion around some of the many pressing issues facing American criminal justice that involve interactions between state actors and persons of color.  Primary focus will be on street-level policing, with some focus also on prisons.  A goal will be to examine some of the current legal problems involving race and criminal justice in their relevant social, economic, and psychological contexts.  Readings likely will include authors such as Michelle Alexander, Ta-Nehisi Coates, James Forman, Alice Goffman, Jonathan Pfaff, and William Stuntz, as well as materials relating to New York City’s stop-and-frisk litigation, the U.S. DOJ’s investigation of policing in Ferguson, Missouri, and other recent notable controversies involving police use of force.  One credit.  Six meetings of two hours each, to be be held on the following Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 7:00pm:  January 28, February 11, February 25, March 10, March 24, and April 7. 

Spring 2016

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor
611.01 Samuel W. Buell, Lisa Kern Griffin
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/e12b6359-204c-49ac-8f3d-ecae2ae6dec4
Email list: LAW.611.01.Sp16@sakai.duke.edu
Degree Requirements
Course Requirements - JD
Course Requirements - LLM