Educational Materials

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  • “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander
  • “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson
  • “Locked In” by John Pfaff
  • “Going Up the River” by John Hallinan
  • “So I Can Live 2014: Stories from Tennessee’s Death Row”
  • “The Sun Does Shine” by Anthony Ray Hinton



Undergraduate Classes at Vanderbilt

  • Prison Life with Dr. Rosevelt Noble
  • Criminology
  • Special Topics in Political Theory: Mass Incarceration
  • Politics of Police and Prisons with Alison Anoll
  • Justice with Charles Lesch
  • Law, Politics, and Justice with Professor Russell
  • From the Plantation to the Penitentiary
  • If you are a senior and eligible, there are also sometimes classes taught through the Divinity school that you can get credit for and will be held as a joint class with men at Riverbend.

Not all of these classes are taught every year, but they are worth searching for.


  • 13th
  • Rikers: An American Jail
  • The House I Live In
  • Just Mercy
  • True Justice


  • The Marshall Project

Prisoner Voices