I wonder about the ultimate lesson Ms. Trounstine hoped to transfer to students? Was it as limited as "Just say no to drugs" or you'll end up here; or did she speak to her students about the Draconian nature of the War on Drugs and how it not only targets persons of color, but that due to the extent of the Lobbying system, vast prison building outfits like Corrections Corp. of America ensure that they will be able to continue reaping profits from prison-building enterprises. In order to fill those prisons, warm bodies are needed: enter the protocols that criminalize things like being unable to pay parking and traffic fines or being caught using pot.
It's one thing to take students into a prison setting, and another to explain what's made prisons expand to the tune of "hosting" 2.2 million beds over the course of that same time-span that saw a deregulation of just about everything along with the rabid entrance of its "cousin," privatization. A new legion of private jailers moved in to quickly capitalize on an eagerly expanded "inmate frontier." I wonder if this aspect of the new "Enclosure Movement," U.S. as world's largest prison gulag shows up in class discussions?