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  • PEN Festival: “Frozen in Time–Racist Traditions and the Prison System” & “The Lock and Key”

    Frozen in Time: Racist Traditions and the Prison System Saturday, May 04, 3 – 4:30pm Cooper Union: Frederick P. Rose Auditorium 41 Cooper Square, NYC With Soffiyah Elijah, Laura Kurgan, Marc Mauer, Susan Tucker. Moderated by Jackson Taylor In the United States, the growth of the […]

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  • Police, Prisons, and Power: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Criminal Justice (4/12/13)

    Join the Prison Studies Group for our Third Annual Graduate Student Conference on Friday, April 12 at The Graduate Center, CUNY. “Police, Prisons, and Power: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Criminal Justice” features original research from PhD candidates from across the country, discussing historical, contemporary, national and international […]

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  • Prisons and Police in 1914 NYC – Thai Jones, Speaks at Gotham Center (3/6/13)

    As part of the Gotham Center’s Forum series, historian Thai Jones will be discussing his latest book, More Powerful Than Dynamite: Radicals, Plutocrats, Progressives, and New York’s Year of Anarchy on March 6, 2013 at the CUNY Graduate Center. Dr. Jones has shared an excerpt […]

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  • Racial Gap in Men’s Sentencing

    “Prison sentences of black men were nearly 20% longer than those of white men for similar crimes in recent years, an analysis by the U.S. Sentencing Commission found.” Joe Palazzolo, “Racial Gap in Men’s Sentencing,” The Wall Street Journal. February 14, 2013. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324432004578304463789858002.html For the […]

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  • Prisons in Haiti: US Plans to Build 2 New Prisons

    Haiti’s criminal justice system attracted international attention following the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010. The destruction wrought by the quake worsened already severe overcrowding , extreme violence, and widespread disease in Haiti’s prison. The nation’s already broken justice system became even more backlogged, leaving […]

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  • Prison Public Memory Project

    “The Prison Public Memory Project uses history, dialogue, the arts and technology to build public memory and safe spaces where people from all walks of life can come together to engage in conversation and learning about the complex and contested role of prisons in communities […]

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  • Riot and Protest: Prisons and Crime in Venezuela

    The January 26th prison riot at Uribana prison in Venezuela was violent, with at least 61 deaths and 120 wounded. In the wake of this and similar riots, and in the context of President Hugo Chavez’ ailing health, several publications have recently raised questions about […]

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  • Largest Private Prison Group in U.S. Wishes You a Happy Black History Month – COLORLINES

    Read analysis of a recent blog post written by the president and CEO of CCA (the nation’s largest for-profit prison corporation). The article draws on work from the ACLU, the Sentencing Project, and research from several graduate students. Jorge Rivas, “Largest Private Prison Group in […]

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  • The Legacy And Future Of Mass Incarceration – NPR and North Country Public Radio

    Forty years ago, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller launched his campaign for what came to be known as the Rockefeller drug laws. Rockefeller wanted tough prison sentences, even for low-level drug dealers and addicts. It was an idea that quickly spread, influencing state and Federal […]

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  • CFP- Police, Prisons and Power: Interdisciplinary Grad Student Conference (Submissions Due Feb. 25)

    Call for Papers: Police, Prisons, and Power: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Criminal Justice The Prison Studies Group’s Third Annual Graduate Student Conference April 12, 2013 Graduate students are invited to submit proposals for The Prison Studies Group’s third annual interdisciplinary graduate student conference to take place […]

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