Barriers to Justice: The Need for American Prison Reform


Barriers to Justice: The Need for American Prison Reform



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Jody Long, Social Work


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9:30-9:40am | Houston Cole Library, 11th Floor


In the modern era of American politics, where citizens and politicians alike tout the long-held constitutional ideal of all men created equal, we see a dissonance surrounding vulnerable populations within the sphere of criminal incarceration. Within this system, minority and marginalized groups experience the consequence of predatory policies regarding non-violent offenses and unjust practices. Because of this history of discrimination—often beginning in childhood— social workers and other helping professionals must use their skills and disciplines to explore the reality of prison reform and the effects of the prison pipeline, the war on drugs, the economically disadvantaged, etc., on our communities. Through exploring facets of social work scope of practice, it is desired that these historically oppressive practices no longer prey on and reap the benefits of human exploitation. By completing a systematic review of the literature to survey the current and available sources of information, areas with insufficient consideration can be recognized, and further analysis can be created. This demonstration aims to evaluate recent research and rhetoric on the topic of the American corrections system regarding non-violent incarceration and racial bias and education on tangible efforts that can be made by social workers.


student research, social work


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Barriers to Justice: The Need for American Prison Reform