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Course Description

The problem: Incarceration rates in the US have increased over 500% in the past 40 years. More than half of state and federal inmates have children under the age of 18, resulting in 2.7 million minor children (1 in 28) with an incarcerated parent; 25% of them are under the age of 4 and some are newborns.

The consequences: What happens to all these children? Many of them end up traumatized and suffering, and often land up in the juvenile justice system themselves. What happens to their parents? Many give up on parenting, at a time when their children need them the most.

The solution: This course informs the issues surrounding this problem and inspires solutions.

This is a virtual synchronous course that follows the published schedule of course meetings and requires attendance at all sessions. Tufts virtual courses are designed to provide high-quality, flexible, and interactive courses to Tufts and visiting students. For more information about virtual course policies and expectations, please visit

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – Bachelor’s Degree or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree + 3.0 GPA.

Instructor Approval: Not Required.

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

Refund Policy: Course Policy 1

*Please note this section is not open to high school students

Affiliated With:

School of Arts & Sciences