Demystifying Mass Incarceration

The United Sates has 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's prison population. Could this be because people in the U.S. are more likely to break the law compared to people in other countries? Or is this statistic product of other political, social, and economic forces? In this class we will explore various explanations for the emergence of mass incarceration in the U.S. and especially Florida as well as map the impact of mass incarceration on our everyday lives.

Before class, students will watch the documentary "The 13th" and prepare a self-reflective exercise preparing a conceptual map of the scope and impact of mass incarceration in the US,  which will be developed further in class through discussion. 

Materials provided before class:

Select chapters from James Kilgore's "Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People's Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time"

Documentary "The 13th" on YouTube and Netflix

About the Instructor

Jelena Petrovic 

Jelena Petrovic is an Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies and one of the co-founders of Community Education Project, a higher education in prison program at Tomoka Correctional Institution. Her research and teaching focus on media, especially portrayals of immigration, crime, and punishment. In the classroom, she fosters inclusive environment that promotes discussion and hands-on applications of course materials to real life situations. 


Registration Information

Appropriate for Grades 7-12

Next Course:

Date: Novemeber 6, 2021
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $49
20% Stetson community discount and scholarships available for those in financial need

Register Online

Payment in full is required at the time of registration to reserve your seat in this class. Payments can be made online or over the phone. For more information, please contact the Office of Continuing Education and Outreach at
386-822-7500 or [email protected]