9-12 Virginia

Democracy in Danger: Mass Incarceration

This inquiry leads students through an investigation of historical and contemporary social, political, and economic issues posed by mass incarceration.  It is part of a series of lessons commissioned by the Democracy Project at the University of Virginia centered around the podcast Democracy in Danger.   Democracy in Danger lessons share some basic characteristics.  The compelling question will always start with the stem– “What should we do about .. because that is an essential question we must ask of all of our citizens.  In this case, the issue at hand is the impact of mass incarceration on United States communities.  Additionally, Democracy in Danger lessons  will lead students through a problem analysis characterized by the 4A approach (assses the problem, analyze the causes and effects of the problem, address  potential solutions to the problem, act on a potential solution.   We hope to make this type of problem analysis process a routine that young people can transfer to any new challenge that we face in our democracy and that it will pave the way for healthy deliberation with their fellow students, to collaboratively act together, and to forge healthy civic relationships that will strengthen our democracy