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A Pound of Flesh: Monetary Sanctions as Punishment for the Poor

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 1:25pm to 2:40pm

Klarman Hall, KG70 (Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium)
232 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853

This speaker is part of a lecture series for the class "Controversies About Inequality."

About the book: "Over seven million Americans are either incarcerated, on probation, or on parole, with their criminal records often following them for life and affecting access to higher education, jobs, and housing. Court-ordered monetary sanctions that compel criminal defendants to pay fines, fees, surcharges, and restitution further inhibit their ability to reenter society. In A Pound of Flesh, sociologist Alexes Harris analyzes the rise of monetary sanctions in the criminal justice system and shows how they permanently penalize and marginalize the poor. She exposes the damaging effects of a little-understood component of criminal sentencing and shows how it further perpetuates racial and economic inequality."

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Author Appearance, Lecture, Special Event


Sociology, Center for the Study of Inequality


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Contact Name

Clara Elpi


Alexes Harris

Speaker Affiliation

University of Washington

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