Presented By: Dr Reuben Jonathan Miller, University of Chicago
On Thurs 12 November Dr Reuben Jonathan Miller, University of Chicago, presented the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research’s 2020 Annual Lecture. His presentation was titled, ‘Halfway Home: Race, Punishment and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration.’
Reuben’s presentation examined the afterlife of mass incarceration, attending to how U.S. criminal justice policy has changed the social life of the city and altered the contours of American Democracy one (most often poor black American) family at a time. Drawing on ethnographic data collected across three iconic American cities—Chicago, Detroit and New York—he explores what it means to live in a supervised society and how we might find our way out.
Reuben’s book, Halfway Home: Race, Punishment and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration will be published by Little Brown and Company in February of 2021.
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