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Assignment Specifics
This class has looked at incarceration, abolition, and a case study of Rikers Island. One of the guiding principles of the class has been that incarceration is heavily used in this country and that Rikers is an example of incarceration gone wrong. Another guiding principle of the course is that change can be made. Activists and intellectuals called abolitions call for the abolition of the current system of incarceration.
Your assignment is to write an 800-word op-ed for the New York Times that examines one aspect of incarceration and/or abolition and takes a position, drawing explicitly from class readings and/or outside research.
Pay careful attention to the elements of an op-ed that I summarized in a separate document posted on Blackboard. For this 800-word op-ed, you should assume that you are writing for a politically-interested and intellectually-engaged audience. Your readers may not understand all the dynamics of incarceration and/or abolition but will be concerned about the issue you raise. The goal of this op-ed is to demonstrate your understanding of the concepts we are studying in class to the readers of the New York Times. The claims you make in your op-ed should be supported by evidence, rather than simply unsupported opinion.
Since op-eds are short, you have to be selective about the claims you make and the evidence you use to support the claims. In other words, every word counts! (800 words is the typical length of a commentary.)
You will be evaluated on the following: 1) mastery of the material on incarceration and/or abolition; 2) clarity in expression of your ideas; 3) fluidity of your writing; 4) coherence and persuasiveness of your argument and strength of your evidence; and 5) depth of your analysis of the issues raised.

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