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Cheap on Crime: Recession-Era Politics and the Transformation of American Punishment

Event Date: 
Monday, March 9, 2015

Please join us for a discussion with UC Hastings Law School Professor Hadar Aviram on her new book, Cheap on Crime: Recession-Era Politics and the Transformation of American Punishment (abstract below). Please RSVP by Thurs March 5th to reserve lunch. Time/Location: UCI Law 3500 (12pm-1:30pm).  Hadar’s book can be pre-ordered at UC Press or on Amazon.


Book Abstract: After forty years of increasing prison construction and incarceration rates, winds of change are blowing through the American correctional system. The 2008 financial crisis demonstrated the unsustainability of the incarceration project, thereby empowering policy makers to reform punishment through fiscal prudence and austerity. In Cheap on Crime, Hadar Aviram draws on years of archival and journalistic research and builds on social history and economics literature to show the powerful impact of recession-era discourse on the death penalty, the war on drugs, incarceration practices, prison health care, and other aspects of the American correctional landscape.


Sponsored by UC Irvine Department of Criminology, Law and Society and the Center in Law, Society and Culture.