Criminal Justice and Social Work Interface

As social workers, we strive for social justice by affecting social systems at numerous levels, often through our work with disadvantaged populations. The U.S. criminal justice system has a tremendous impact on disadvantaged populations and, as such, has much overlap with social work in terms of persons involved in both entities. However, social workers often are inadequately trained to recognize this interface and to influence it in ways that lead to positive results for the client systems they serve. This course will extend our understanding of the U.S.