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Teach in Prison

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Fall 2009
Public Policy 198
2 Unit(s)



community service /
field work course

About the Course:

The Teach in Prison Decal aims to provide students with a unique service learning experience as they tutor prisoners in San Quentin State Prison.

This program enriches almost any professional or personal interest you can think of: law, psychology, politics, and curiosity to name a few.  And while you're learning about the California corrections system, you'll be helping eager students work toward their high school diploma.  One morning a week on the day of your choice (M-Th, returning to campus by noon), you'll join a group of Cal students for the brief commute to San Quentin.  Once there you'll assist inmates in a class led by a teacher in the prison’s education department.  We also meet on campus one afternoon per week to discuss the prison system (Wednesday, 4-6 in GSPP 150).  These meetings often feature guest lecturers, including: prison psychologists, guards, Boalt criminal law experts, writers, documentarians, and former inmates.

How to Enroll:

The only requirements — per San Quentin regulations — is that tutors be at least 21 years of age.  Students will also be required to pass a background check.  Traffic violations and juvenile records aren't scrutinized, but any felony charge in the past 10 years or misdemeanors in the past 5 will prevent your approval.  A vehicle is not required, but is extremely helpful.

There is a high level of interest in this rare opportunity to see, from the inside, how a prison actually operates.  It's a safe, exciting, and fulfilling experience.  Given the high demand of the course, you may find it beneficial to send a brief e-mail letting us know you're interested.  The telebears waitlist is irrelevant, as  students will be manually added only after receiving a Course Entry Code in class.

This course is offered Wednesdays from 4-6 PM.  There will be  a NON-MANDATORY informational meeting on Wednesday, August 26th at 4 PM in GSPP 150, for any misguided souls who think this is the greatest opportunity ever.  If you can't make that meeting please don't worry, the first MANDATORY meeting is on Wednesday, September 2, 4-6 PM in GSPP 150.

 NB: Juniors who are not yet 21 but interested in an organizational or leadership role are encouraged to send us a brief introductory e-mail.

Course Contact: teachinprison AT

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Faculty Sponsor: Jane Mauldon

Time & Location:

West Hays
Alayna Johnson
150 GSPPW 4-69/02full

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