What Are Prisons For?: Rhetoric of Incarceration Reflection

Written in December 2017 as part of Whitman College’s pioneering Rhetoric, Incarceration, and Civic Engagement course, taught and facilitated by Dr. Heather Hayes. The students of this course meet weekly for a full fifteen week semester at the prison in Walla Walla, WA (aka Washington State Penitentiary). Those efforts culminated in a public town hall discussion where students presented a number of …