Law 389 - Prison Law and Policy

Sharon Dolovich

Sharon Dolovich

Professor of Law
Faculty Director, UCLA Prison Law & Policy Program
B.A. Queen's University, 1989
Ph.D. Pol. Theory, Cambridge University, 1994
J.D. Harvard, 1998
UCLA Faculty Since 2000
Course Description:

Courses in criminal law tend to focus on the “front end” of the criminal justice process:  investigation, prosecution, and verdict. But for those offenders sentenced to prison, the trial  process is only the preamble to an extended period in the custody of the state. This class focuses in depth on a key component of the “back end” of the criminal justice system: the law and policy of incarceration. The governing questions are: what legal obligations does the state have toward those it incarcerates? And given legal limits, how should we run the prisons? These questions are particularly urgent given the current size of the nations prison population; as of 2015, there were over 2.2 million people in Americas prisons and jails, more prisoners per capita than any other country in the world. Topics to be covered  include: the history of prisoners’ rights litigation; the scope of prisoners’ constitutional  rights; inmate access to the courts; the prison disciplinary process; conditions of confinement (including supermax prisons); medical care; the problems of prison rape and overcrowding; and the Prison Litigation Reform Act.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Sharon Dolovich 16F 389 LEC 1 MW 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM 4.0 No No
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2016 LEC 1
Branham, Lynn S. Cases and Materials on the Law and Policy of Sentencing and Corrections  9th ed.  
ISBN: 9780314280015. West. REQUIRED $221.00
Hallinan, Joseph T. Going Up the River: Travels in a Prison Nation    
ISBN: 9780812968446. Random House. REQUIRED $16.00
Hartman, Kenneth E. Mother California: A Story of Redemption Behind Bars     
ISBN: 9781934633946. Atlas. REQUIRED
Notes: Students should purchase this book online.
Oshinsky, David M. Worse than Slavery: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice    
ISBN: 9780684830957. Free Press. REQUIRED $15.95
Notes: Professor requires purchase EITHER this book or Slavery By Another Name: The Reenslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to WWII.
Blackmon, Douglas Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II    
ISBN: 9780385506250. Doubleday. OPTIONAL $29.95
Notes: Students should purchase this book online. Professor requires purchase EITHER this book or Worse than Slavery: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice