Announcing the prestigious Foucault Awards for Critical Thought
Junilza Velazquez
Soundous Bouchouar
Michael J. Denis
Matthew Dutton

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).

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

ASSIGNMENTS (are you up to date?) -- NB: Bring your books to class


For students in PRISONS & PRISONERS class, please attend a special tour and exhibit STATES OF INCARCERATION on Tuesday, February 20 from 1.40pm to 3pm (our regular class time). Please report to exhibit space at the Douglass Library at that time. For those unable to attend at that time, please visit the exhibit on your own time. Here is the link to the event:

For students in PRISONS & PRISONERS class, Professor Welch invites you to participate in a rare opportunity for extra credit. Reflecting on the STATES OF INCARCERATION, please prepare a smart critique on what you found to be the most interesting feature of the exhibit. Your critique should be ONE full page (single-spaced, 12 pitch). Upwards of SIX points will be added to your first exam score (e.g., 74 + 6 = 80). Precious points are reserved for clever titles. The paper is due on March 20 (Tuesday) at 1.44pm. Deliver it in class and not via email. Penalties apply for late arrivals.

Welch, Michael (2015) Escape to Prison: Penal Tourism and the Pull of Punishment. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.: READ Chapters 8, 9, 10

Welch, Michael (2011) Corrections: A Critical Approach. (3rd edition): London: Routledge. READ Chapters: 9, 10, 16

Welch, Michael (2016) Clinical Torture: Drifting in the Atrocity Triangle. Onati Socio-Legal Series, 6(4): 957-974. FREE DOWNLOAD


book -- SHOTS IN THE MIRROR -- READ Chapters: 5, 6, 7, 8

For students in PRISONS AND PRISONERS, please view the following videos on prison museums.

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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