Policy Practicum: Mass Incarceration of Immigrants


Course Code:
LAW 414T
2 - 3
Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail


Nascent empirical research suggests that there may be a "citizenship bias" in sentencing and that immigrants receive more punitive sentences than their similarly situated citizen counterparts. There are numerous possible explanations for this discrepancy, but one trend may help to account for at least some of it: immigrants in state prisons and jails may be deemed ineligible for certain rehabilitative programs and other sentencing alternatives on the basis of their citizenship status. The purpose of this policy lab is to determine whether and to what extent immigrants in California prisons and jails are excluded from access to rehabilitative programs that function as alternatives to incarceration on the basis of citizenship status. Students will do research to document the existence of such exclusions as a matter of policy and/or practice, and work with Professors Jayashri Srikantiah and Jennifer Chacón and the ACLU of Southern California to draft legislation to prevent noncitizens from being unnecessarily excluded from such programs. This policy lab is offered for three units in Autumn Quarter and two units in Winter Quarter. Elements used in grading: Written research and drafting assignments. NOTE: Students may not count more than a combined total of eight units of directed research projects and policy lab practica toward graduation unless the additional counted units are approved in advance by the Petitions Committee. Such approval will be granted only for good cause shown. Even in the case of a successful petition for additional units, a student cannot receive a letter grade for more than eight units of independent research (Policy Lab practicum, Directed Research, Senior Thesis, and/or Research Track). Any units taken in excess of eight will be graded on a mandatory pass basis. For detailed information, see "Directed Research/Policy Labs" in the SLS Student Handbook. CONSENT APPLICATION: To apply for this course, students must complete and e-mail the Consent Application Form available on the SLS Registrar's Office website (see Registration and Selection of Classes for Stanford Law Students) to the instructors. See Consent Application Form for submission deadline.

Past Offerings

2015-2016 Autumn

Policy Practicum: Mass Incarceration of Immigrants LAW 414T Section 01 Class #30287

  • 3 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent 4

Notes: Law Unit Limitation.

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