Hadar Aviram - March 11, 2015

Wednesday, March 11, 2015|Student Union Theater|5-7pm
Hadar Aviram PhD
University of California Hastings College of the Law

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Cheap on CrimeRecession-Era Politics and the Transformation of American Punishment

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.


Hadar Aviram is a Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Before joining the Hastings faculty in 2007, Hadar Aviram completed her M.A. in Criminology at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her Ph.D. in UC Berkeley’s Jurisprudence and Social Policy program. Her research focuses on the criminal justice system and examines policing, courtroom practices, and broad policy decisions through social science perspectives. Hadar Aviram co-directs the Hastings Institute for Criminal Justice and publishes the California Correctional Crisis blog.

  From left to right: Selena Teji, Dr. Edith Kinney, Dr. Hadar Aviram, Dr. Alessandro De Girogi