Crime & Justice Policy

New Iowa Criminal Justice Policy and Reform Course Offered

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A new course in Criminology, "Iowa Criminal Justice Policy & Reform" (CSI:2210:0001; CRIM:2210:0001) will be offered in the Fall of 2021, instructed by Ethan Rogers, assistant research scientist in the Crime and Justice Policy Research Program.

In this course, students will be introduced to contemporary discussions of policy and reform across all stages of the criminal justice system, including policing, pretrial detention, sentencing, incarceration, and reentry. Students will learn about current practices and policies and develop their applied skills in policy analysis and communication. Course material will extend beyond policies for crime reduction and will also consider policies geared towards other outcomes, such as reducing inequalities and racial disparities in the criminal justice system. This course will explore these criminal justice policies through an Iowa lens, both at the state and local levels. Students will be provided opportunities to learn from and meet with Iowa legislators, policy makers, and practitioners that have a specialized understanding of the topics discussed in the course.

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