SDA/ITSC is engaging in a unique partnership with the Price School of Public Policy to teach a combined course called “Performing Politics: Restorative Justice.”
With just 5% of the world’s population, the United States currently hosts 25% of the world’s prisoners. This spring, two USC Schools join academic forces to tackle the issue of mass incarceration and explore emerging models of restorative justice. Students worked together with community activists, advocates, and stakeholders to investigate this “wicked problem.” With input from the SDA students, PPD 400 Public Policy students produced interdisciplinary research and analysis to support the development of the THTR 488 students’ interactive Forum Theatre piece. SDA students developed and produced their Forum Theater piece, which Price students actively joined.
The Class Restorative Justice project partnered with two community members, Itzel (survivor of violence) and Jason (convicted felon, released on parole and working with his victim’s daughter).