Halfway Home: Race, Punishment and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration

Thursday, Oct. 11, 3:30–5 p.m.
Ustler Hall

More people are incarcerated in the United States than in any other nation in the western world, but the prison is only part of a vast carceral landscape. Upon release, incarcerated people are greeted by more than 48,000 laws, policies and administrative sanctions that limit their participation in the labor and housing markets, in cultural and civic life, and even within their families. This creates an alternate form of political membership: “carceral citizenship.”

This presentation explores what it means to live in a “supervised society” — the hidden social world we’ve produced through our laws, policies and practices — and, more importantly, how we might find our way out. Guest speaker Reuben Miller will also speak with a respondent sharing their own personal experience of life after incarceration.

Reuben Jonathan Miller is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago in the School of Social Service Administration and a faculty affiliate at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture and with the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more.

Hosted by the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere