Mona Lynch - March 17, 2010

March 17, 2010 | 4:00pm-6:00pm | Umunhum Room
Mona Lynch, Professor
University of California, Irvine

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Sunbelt Justice: Arizona and the Transformation of American Punishment

In the late 20th century, the United States experienced an incarceration explosion. Over the course of twenty years, the imprisonment rate quadrupled, and today more than than 1.5 million people are held in state and federal prisons. Arizona’s Department of Corrections came of age just as this shift toward prison warehousing began, and soon led the pack in using punitive incarceration in response to crime. Sunbelt Justice looks at the development of Arizona’s punishment politics, policies, and practices, and brings to light just how and why we have become a mass incarceration nation.

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About the Author

Mona Lynch is Associate Professor of Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California at Irvine. Her research focuses on the social, psychological, and cultural dynamics of contemporary adjudication and punishment processes. She uses multiple methodological approaches, including experimental design, ethnographic field methods, and archival and other social artifactual analysis to explore research questions of interest.