Learning Activity – Women in Prison Critical Thinking Exercise


As we learn in this week’s readings, women are the fastest-growing prison population in the United States.  And there are a number of ways in which women’s prisons differ from men’s prisons.  View the attached video (approx. 46 mins), an episode of Hard Time from National Geographic.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2l423m (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

SO WHAT DO YOU THINK? Individually, you will document and respond to these questions below. Be prepared to share with the class your findings.

How are the conditions in women’s prison BETTER than those in men’s prisons?

How are the conditions in women’s prisons WORSE than those in men’s prisons?

Were you able to relate to any of the women featured in the video?  Who (description is sufficient if you didn’t catch the name) – and why?

Did anything about the video surprise you?  What was it and why?

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