Assignment on Module 4 based on Documentary 13 th.
Watch the documentary 13 th and review chapters 9 and 11. Review material posted on CANVAS for these two chapters. Your task is to analyze this documentary and write a short essay. Please make sure that the following prompts are addressed in your essay.
Explain the relevance to the title of this documentary
Explain the paradox of high rates of incarceration in the “land of free”. Use statistics on the following to illustrate the paradox – What percentage of U.S. adults are currently incarcerated? What is their demographic make-up (age, sex, race, class)?
To explain the exceptionally high rates of incarceration, explain the role of following historical events- The southern strategy, the politics of war on drugs, the role of ALEC corporation and economic profits associated with prisons
Why and how is class an important component of the discussion of mass incarceration?
Should we continue to utilize incarceration as our go-to form of punishment in the U.S.?- What positive/negative effects does it have on the individual and society?
Guidelines for a 4-5-page (Minimum) essay: Rubric for grading
Introduction: Prompts 1 & 2
Body of the paper: prompts 3 & 4
Conclusion: prompt 5
Make sure that the short paper is well written. Pay attention to language, spelling and grammar.
Grading Rubric (50 points)
1.Introduction prompts 1 & 2 – clearly states the relevance of the title and presents data on prison population in the US
2.Prompt 3 – use of all three historical events to explain incarceration rates
10 points each = 30 points
3 Prompt 4 -Clear explanation of role of class – how poverty affects incarceration
5 points each= 5 points
4. Prompt 5 – clear concluding remarks regarding use of incarceration as a go-to form of punishment.
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