Deborah Jiang-Stein, author of the memoir Prison Baby and founder of the unPrison Project, was joined by Beth Richie, PhD on October 19, 2017 for a conversation about the mass incarceration of women, mental illness and substance abuse within prisons nationwide, the collateral damage when mothers are incarcerated, her experiences of maternal incarceration and transracial adoption, and community alternatives to incarceration. This conversation raised questions about the criminal justice in the United States, and how incarceration affects individuals, families, and communities throughout the nation.
Beth Richie is a Professor of African American Studies and Criminology, Law, and Justice at UIC. She is the author of Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence and America's Prison Nation (NYU Press, 2012) which examines gender violence, race and criminal justice policy.
This event was sponsored by:
The School of Social Service Administration
Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at UChicago
SSA's Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention