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  •  Experimental College Course - Prison: A view (9+ / 0-)

    From the Inside.

    This was the course title of a class I took when attending the University of Washington in Seattle.

    We took about 6 trips or so to a medium security facility in Monroe, Washington to hear about prisons from the prisoners themselves.  They covered all sorts of topics (labor in prisons, effectiveness of punishments, etc.) and the speakers tended to change from week to week, but the leader was the same.  It was a very interesting course and, as I recall, was less than $50 to attend.

    If anyone lives in the Seattle area, it would be worth checking to see if it's still available.  For those in other parts of the country, it might be interesting to see if something similar is offered in your community.

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