Teaching criminal law has always been rewarding but challenging. Recent developments in society have only heightened that essential calculation. Widespread attention to police misconduct and racism has led many to question the overall utility and morality of traditional policing. Social movements and protests have brought attention to the evils of mass incarceration, causing some to argue for the abolition of prisons. At the same time, the atmosphere in the classroom has grown increasingly charged, with students disagreeing with each other not only about core questions of the criminal law, but also about the conversational ground rules for how to carry out such debates. In this webinar, Dean Ohlin will discuss how to approach teaching this first-year course with humanity and compassion while at the same time not avoiding discussion of the hard questions raised by the state’s involvement in criminal justice.