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WR121 Rupert: Justice: Potential Topics

A guide for Jill Rupert's WR 121 class with theme Justice

Just Mercy

Read Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Research how much a lawyer can help or hinder his/her client’s case. How do sentencing guidelines or mandatory sentences create or prevent justice?

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Read articles and blogs and tweets by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Watch his speeches. Research the impact and reception of his work.

Cost of the Criminal Justice System

Consider the cost of the criminal justice system. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey has recently written about it. Research programs or methods that are more successful or cost effective.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Read Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Go visit the Oregon State Hospital in Salem where the movie based on this book was filmed. Take their tour. Research the way the mentally ill are managed by the criminal justice system and other government systems.

The New Jim Crow

Read The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. Research the history of the Emancipation Proclamation and its aftermath or research the Civil Rights movement and its aftermath.

The Innocence Project

Investigate the Innocence Project. Research some of the cases it has handled. Investigate any cases that it has been involved with in Oregon. Research whether there are any cases it should pay attention to here.

Go Set A Watchman

Read Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman and research the controversy surrounding its publication.

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