Back in the 1980s, Derek Peterson was admitted to the University as part of a special program for low-income students who show potential but weren't fully prepared for college. “There were a lot of people who said you’re not going to be able to do it,” he says. “The school is really tough.”
Dr. Gabrielle Carlson said that she grew up with a brother who had attention problems. “My brother drove my parents crazy,” she said. Their parents had both children tested, and “my goodness, it turned out my brother had the same I.Q. as I did!”
Robert Chase is a historian of prisons, policing, and punishment. His research and teaching interests include the history of mass incarceration and the construction of what historians call "the carceral state." He is an expert in social justice, Latino/a, and civil rights movements, and political and African American history. His forthcoming book reexamines the prisoners’ rights movement of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s and the subsequent construction of what many historians now call the era of mass incarceration.