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For students in PRISONS & PRISONERS and POLITICAL IMPRISONMENT, welcome to REMOTE LEARNING. Beginning on Monday (23 March 2020), please click the course syllabus for updated information along with exciting assignments. Please meet the deadlines so that you are able to complete the semester as scheduled. Cheers.

NOTA BENE: Professor Michael Welch does not handle special permission numbers; therefore, do NOT contact him requesting such information. For special permission numbers visit the Criminal Justice Program website at

TRIGGER ALERT: All courses taught by Professor Welch have a MAXIMUM trigger alert (e.g., graphic analysis of torture, especially at the hands of government operatives).

MISSING CLASS? In the very unlikely event that you miss class. Do NOT email Professor Welch. Instead, have a classmate take notes for you - cheers!

ABSENTEE POLICY (for all courses taught by Professor Welch): A total of six absences (any combination of excused and unexcused) results in a FULL GRADE reduction (e.g., C falls to D).

Hey Man, WHATSUPWITHTHEWEATHER?: In the event that snow and ice are in the forecast, please check this page to learn whether class is being held Cheers!

ATTENTION students in PRISONS AND PRISONERS and POLITICAL IMPRISONMENT, the First Exam is scheduled for 25 February (Tuesday). Absolutely NO make-up exams!!!

ATTENTION students in PRISONS AND PRISONERS and POLITICAL IMPRISONMENT. On 27 February (Thursday at 4pm to 5.3pm), the Social and Behavioral Sciences 2020 Dean's Distinguished Lectureship is hosting Professor James Forman, Jr. for presentation on CONFRONTING MASS INCARCERATION. Classes for Professor Welch will be suspended that day so that students can attend the event. Should your schedule permit, please attend this most excellent lecture. BUSCH STUDENT CENTER, Room, 116ABC. Cheers!

JUSTICE IN ACTION featuring Prof Angela Y. Davis and Prof Lennox Hinds (Oct 5, 2016) You can view the lectures at the following link:

The Retroliners tour Alcatraz (and San Francisco) and perform The Sidestroke (all girl swim)

The Retroliners tour the Old Fort Prison (JoBurg, South Africa) and perform Smoking Section

The Retroliners tour the Women's Jail (JoBurg, South Africa) and perform Saint Mascara

The Retroliners tour Robben Island (South Africa) and perform Memories Only

The Retroliners tour Belfast (Northern Ireland) and perform Via Cassavetes

The Retroliners tour the Crumlin Road Prison (Belfast, Northern Ireland) and perform BTO (boogie twist overdrive)

The Retroliners tour the Hong Kong Prison Museum and perform Firewalk

The Retroliners tour the Seodaemun Prison (Seoul) and perform El Ricon de Dante

The Retroliners tour the Melbourne Gaol (Australia) and perform Methane Jane

The Retroliners tour the Hyde Park Barracks (Sydney, Australia) and perform Eyes of Bettie Page

The Retroliners tour Kilmainham Jail (Dublin) and perform No Exit

The Retroliners tour the Argentine Prison Museum (Buenos Aires) and perform Barrio Norte

The Retroliners tour the Clink (London) and perform Forbidden Surf Walk

The Retroliners tour the Eastern State Penitentiary (Philly) and perform Marco Martini

A letter of recommendation? Since 1993, Professor Welch has taught the largest classes in the Criminal Justice Program (without a teaching assistant); consequently, he receives huge volumes of requests to write a letter of recommendation. Therefore, to be eligible for his letter of recommendation policy, you must complete at least two of his upper division courses (e.g., Special Topics) and earn two grades of A.

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