Friday, November 3, 2017 at 12:15pm
In the 1950s, the U.S. incarceration rate was lower than Finland’s. Today, the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world. The rise of mass incarceration holds crucial implications for economic, social, and political outcomes in the United States. Building on my recent book Incarceration Nation, this talk will discuss the macro political system in the U.S. and how that system helps explain the rise of the carceral state. Particular attention will focus on the relationships between crime, news media, shifting public opinion, and criminal justice policy. Although the focus will be on the criminal justice system, the argument carries implications for other issues areas and for implementing policy-based research.
Peter K. Enns is Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Executive Director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University. He is also team leader of the Institute for Social Science theme project on the Causes, Consequences, and Future of Mass Incarceration in the United States and former Faculty Director of Cornell's Prison Education Program.