Faculty Profiles

Sharon Dolovich

Sharon Dolovich

Professor of Law
Faculty Director, UCLA Prison Law & Policy Program
B.A. Queen's University, 1989
Ph.D. Pol. Theory, Cambridge University, 1994
J.D. Harvard, 1998
UCLA Faculty Since 2000

LAW 629 - Topics in Post-Conviction Law & Policy

Courses in criminal law tend to focus on the “front end” of the criminal justice process: investigation, prosecution, and verdict. This seminar will cover a series of topics pertaining to the “back end” of the system (ie, arising after guilt has been determined).  The exact topics will vary from semester to semester, but will cover the gamut from criminal sentencing (the death penalty, LWOP, mandatory minimums, etc.) to incarceration (prison conditions, solitary confinement, the Prison Rape Elimination Act, the public’s access to prisons, etc.), parole, “collateral” consequences of criminal convictions, and re-entry challenges. Students will be asked to write weekly (1000 words) critical analytical response papers, with the aim of developing over the course of the semester their own working theories of the back end of the American criminal system. Class participation will also determine part of the final grade, and the use of laptops will not be permitted during class.