Doran Larson offers MOOC - American Prison Witness: Understanding U.S. Penal Practice and Its Future through the Voices of the Condemned

After a brief history of the U.S. prison system and a survey of U.S. prisoner writing from 1904 to 1970, we will explore—through prisoner witness—the issues raised by the unprecedented rise of the nation’s mass-incarceration regime since the early 1970s, and the central place that prisoner witness can take in understanding this system and its future.