The Hidden Curriculum of Justice: How the American Criminal Justice System Educates, and Miseducates, Citizens

Filed under Academic, Events on March 28, 2016.

Dr. Benjamin Justice, an associate professor and historian of education at Rutgers University, will present his talk The Hidden Curriculum of Justice: How the American Criminal Justice System Educates, and Miseducates Citizens on Thursday, March 31, at 6 p.m. in Norman Hall’s auditorium.

For an increasing number of Americans, the criminal justice system plays a powerful and pervasive role in shaping notions of civic identity. Officially, this education is supposed to reinforce notions of democracy, equality, fairness and the opportunity for rehabilitation. In reality, however, the criminal justice system offers Americans a hidden curriculum of justice that is quite the opposite — a series of lessons in unlimited state power, racism and economic death.

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