ABOUT THE CLASS
In Winter of 2020, Steve Herbert taught a course at the Oregon State Penitentiary titled ‘Making Amends.’ The class brought prisoners together to discuss what it means to do harm; how to be properly held accountable for doing harm; and how to make genuine efforts at atonement. Classes met weekly for two hours.
Several class readings were created by Professor Herbert and are provided below. Feel free to share these widely.
CLASS 1 - How we do damage: Harms, wrongs, and their consequences
CLASS 2 - The emotions of harms and wrongs: Shame and guilt
CLASS 3 - The emotions of harms and wrongs: The victim's experience
CLASS 4 - Repairing wrongs I: Retribution, restitution, repentance
CLASS 5 - Repairing wrongs II: Reconciliation
Making Amends hopes to inspire conversation about the purposes and practices of punishment, particularly in the United States. It could serve as a useful supplement to a variety of courses focused on criminal justice policy. Besides supplying the course readings and episode transcripts above, we also created discussion questions for each episode. We hope you find them useful.
If this resource proves useful to you, we kindly request that you provide a donation to help support Making Amends production efforts.
Season 2 of Making Amends is in the making. Until then, we hope you continue to engage with justice involved members of your community and learn about the flaws of our criminal justice system. Here are a few of our favorites to get you started: