Criminal Justice System

  • The Makings of Mass Incarceration in the United States with Elizabeth Hinton

    Air Dates: March 9-15, 2020 While the United States contains less than five percent of the planet’s population, it has nearly one-quarter of the world’s prison population.  Elizabeth Hinton traces the politics and policy decisions since President Lyndon’s Johnson’s War on Poverty that created the nation’s reliance on mass incarceration. Elizabeth Hinton is Professor in the Departments of History and African and African American Studies at Harvard University.  Hinton’s research … Read More

  • Convicted and Condemned with Keesha Middlemass

    Air Dates: December 30, 2019-January 5, 2020 With less than 5 percent of the planet’s population, the United States houses 22 percent of the world’s prisoners. The challenges of navigating that system don’t end when the convicted felon completes his or her sentence.  Keesha Middlemass shines a light on the substantial barriers felons face when they try to reenter society.   Dr. Middlemass is a political science professor at Howard ... Read More
  • Convicted and Condemned: The Politics of Prisoner Reentry with Dr. Keesha M. Middlemass, Howard University

    Dr. Keesha Middlemass will discuss her award winning book, Convicted & Condemned: The Politics and Policies of Prisoner Reentry (NYU Press, 2017), which in 2018 won the W. E. B. Dubois Distinguished Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. Her talk will focus on prisoner reentry from an interdisciplinary perspective by combining first-person narratives of men and women coming home alongside an analysis of public policies; this … Read More

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    Fall 2019 Event Series Announced

    Pell Center has announced its event series for Fall 2019. Tickets to Pell Center events are free and will be available about two weeks prior to the event date. Please RSVP for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page and call 401-341-2927 or email [email protected] with questions. Scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up for our email list and stay informed about when tickets become available. All … Read More