In the winter of 2017, CUP collaborated with Teaching Artist Meredith Degyansky and the International Community High School’s 11th grade to peel back the pages of the U.S. Constitution. Under the Eighth Amendment, should minors be charged as adults? Should inmates be held in solitary confinement? Who decides?
To investigate, students got out of the classroom and into the politics of the Eighth Amendment to speak with people invested in NYC’s justice system. This video showcases the students first step in critically analyzing the topic of charging minors as adults. Students surveyed community members, including ICHS staff, and filmed the process to teach others what they learned.
Check out more of the students work at welcometocup.org/Projects/CityStudies/IsJusticeForAll