Rethinking Crime and Punishment in the United States
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
The injustices of the American criminal justice system are blatant, confirming the common sense prejudice that poor people are the most criminal, the most dangerous, the most deserving of social exclusion and persistent distrust. Under the Trump administration, law and order policies have intensified, but they have a long, bipartisan history. Drawing upon his latest book, Beyond These Walls: Rethinking Crime and Punishment in the United States, Tony Platt also explores the long history of efforts by reformers and activists to change the inequities that permeate policing, courts, and prisons. They have mostly failed, and in some cases resulted in the expansion of the net of social control. We need bold new ideas and a strategic vision of what it will take to achieve justice for all in this era of authoritarian disorder.
Tony Platt (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the author of twelve books and 150 essays and articles dealing with issues of criminal justice, race, inequality, and social justice in American history. He taught at the University of Chicago, University of California (Berkeley), and California state universities. He is currently a Distinguished Affiliated Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law & Society, University of California, Berkeley. His most recent book is Beyond These Walls: Rethinking Crime and Punishmend in the United States (St. Martin's Press). His longtime experience as a public intellectual and activist informs his work.
Beyond These Walls: Rethinking Crime and Punishment in the United States was published by St. Martin's Press on January 8, 2019: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250085115
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