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Mass Incarceration Addressed in Spring Miniversity

Did you know the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world? And that blacks and Latinos are greatly overrepresented among those under correctional supervision (probation/prisons/jails and parole)? Central Washington University’s Douglas Honors College Miniversity will explore how this situation evolved over the last several decades. The four-week symposia will address the policies and practices that created this problem and those that can help reduce this kind of racial injustice.

The course will meet the first four Tuesdays in May at 6:30 p.m. in Language and Literature building, room 103F. People may register online at; there is no charge for this course. Register early, as space is limited. Parking in CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m., except in specially marked spaces and in residence hall lots.

In this course, there will be four different speakers to address different facts of this complex problem.

May 3
Introduction to Mass Incarceration
Chuck Reasons, is a professor in CWU’s Law and Justice Department. In addition to a doctorate in sociology, Reasons also holds a law degree from the University of British Columbia Law School. Reasons specializes in law, criminology, criminal justice and minorities, crime, and comparative homicide between Canada and the United States.

May 10
Mass Incarceration and the Law
Teresa Divine is a lawyer, specializing in criminal and civil law and procedure, family law, and correctional law. She is also an associate professor and associate graduate faculty in CWU’s Law and Justice Department. Divine specializes in criminal and civil law and procedure, family law, and correctional law.

May 17 
Mass Incarceration and Women
Mindie Dieu is associate dean for student achievement and a professor in CWU’s Department of English. She has taught courses in state prisons, and has written about her experiences with inmates.

May 24 
Reducing Mass Incarceration
Roger Schaefer is a professor in the CWU’s Department of Law and Justice. His research interests include sex offender community supervision, correctional dynamics and discourse, and correctional program evaluation.

Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,

April 29, 2016