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Professor Richard Meisler was motivated to develop the Mass Incarceration in the U.S.: Toward Decarceration MOOC in order to provide an accessible and educational frame to thoughtfully examine the history, societal impacts, and efficacy of the American penal system. This MOOC provides a comprehensive look at the complex and multidimensional aspects of mass incarceration in America, including: the War on Drugs, mandatory minimum sentences, disproportionate sentencing, prison privatization, juvenile justice, solitary confinement, the practices of profiling and racial coding and restorative justice programs as well as incarceration practices in other countries. Professor Meisler draws from his experience successfully developing and teaching the AIDS: Fear and Hope MOOC, his professional experience working within the federal penal system and his previous experience teaching related courses. This MOOC is intended to provide a thorough understanding of the causes, effects and realities of national, mass incarceration to learners with limited knowledge and experience with incarceration as well as learners from communities that have directly been affected by incarceration on a personal and familial level. Additionally, this course will be developed in concert with a residential course by Professor Meisler titled Incarcerated America. This will provide an opportunity to enhance the residential course experience based upon learnings from the MOOC, as well as explore ways for residential students and learners around the world to collaboratively engage and become informed on this national topic.