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The Current Crisis in American Criminal Justice - Professor David Garland

3 November 2022
6.00pm – 7.30pm AEDT
Law Theatre G04 at UNSW (Kensington Campus) and broadcast online via Zoom
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2022 UNSW Centre for Crime, Law and Justice Annual Lecture

This year’s CCLJ annual lecture will be delivered by renowned scholar of crime and punishment, Professor David Garland. It will be held in a hybrid format in Law Theatre G04 at UNSW (Kensington Campus) and broadcast online via Zoom – please indicate your attendance preference on checkout.

This lecture situates the recent, radical challenges to American criminal justice – calls to end mass incarceration, defund the police, and dismantle systemic racism – within the broader social and economic arrangements that make the US system so distinctive and so problematic. It describes the structures, institutions, and processes that give rise to America’s extraordinary penal state – as well as to its extraordinarily high rates of homicide and social disorder. And it considers what these portend for the prospect of radical change.

About the Speaker:

David Garland is Arthur T Vanderbilt Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology at New York University. His distinguished body of work includes Punishment and Welfare: A History of Penal Strategies (1st edition, 1985; new edition 2018); Punishment and Modern Society: A Study in Social Theory (1990); The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society (2001); Peculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition (2010); and The Welfare State: A Very Short Introduction (2016).

His recent articles include ‘What’s Wrong with Penal Populism? Politics, the Public, and Criminological Expertise’ (2021) 16 Asian J Criminology 257–277. His many honours include membership of the British Academy, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and receipt of the American Society of Criminology’s Edwin H. Sutherland Prize for outstanding contributions to theory and research.