Conference on Probing the Penal State Program

FRIDAY 5 MAY (Center for the Study of Law and Society, 2240 Piedmont Avenue) -

Welcome and opening remarks: Kim Voss (Chair, Sociology Department, UC-Berkeley), Loïc Wacquant, Bruce Western

9:30-11am, Session 1 - SCANNING THE PENAL STATE

Pieter Spierenburg(History, Erasmus University and Jurisprudence and Social Policy, UC Berkeley): From Community Control to the Penal State: The Ironies of History

Mona Lynch (Justice Studies, San Jose State): Transitioning to the Mass Penal State: Lessons from Arizona

Joshua Guetzkow (Sociology, Harvard University): The Changing Governmentality of Criminal Justice and Welfare Policies, 1960-1996

11-11:30am, Break and refreshments

 11:30-1pm: Session 2 - SENTENCING, SANCTION, AND THE LAW

Franklin Zimring (Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley): Reexamining the Death Penalty: Capital Punishment in the Reform of the Model Penal Code

Traci Schlesinger(Sociology, Princeton): How Sentencing Fed the Prison Boom: The Effects of Determinate Sentencing and Release Policies on Sentence Length and Time Served

Kellie Bryant (Jurisprudence and Social Policy, UC Berkeley): When Power and Responsibility Collide:  An Analysis of the Conflicting Role of the State Behind Bars in Johnson v. California

1-2pm, Lunch break

2-4 pm, Session 3 - SOCIAL AND SYMBOLIC BEARINGS OF IMPRISONMENT

Loïc Wacquant (Sociology, UC Berkeley and Centre de sociologie européenne-Paris): What is the Penal State and Why It Matters Today

John Eason (Sociology, University of Chicago): Squid in its Own Ink:  Considering Race, Inequality, and Punishment in the Expansion of the Prison in Rural America

Chrysanthi Leon (Jurisprudence and Social Policy, UC Berkeley): Forensic Psychiatry Imagines the Sex Offender: Lombroso and De River

Gretchen Purser (Sociology, UC Berkeley): Cheap Work: The Use and Abuse of Parolees in the Day Labor Industry

4-4:30 pm, Coffee and doughnut break

4:30-6pm, Session 4 –PUNISHMENT POLITICS AND ACTIVISM

Jonathan Simon (Boalt Hall School of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program, UC Berkeley): Subversion and Penal States

Damon Mayrl (Sociology, UC Berkeley): A Movement in Theory? Resistance and Criticism in the Contemporary Prison Abolition Movement

Mark Toney (Sociology, UC Berkeley): Birth of a Movement? Activists Mobilizing for the Rights of Ex-Felons

Jodie Lawston (Sociology, UC San Diego): Stark Contrast: Dealing with Power and Privilege Among the California Coalition for Women Prisoners

-SATURDAY 6 MAY (The Blumer Room, 402 Barrows) -

 10am-12 noon, Session 5 - RECONFIGURATIONS OF POLICING

Alexandra Murphy (Sociology, Princeton): Policing Ourselves: Law and Order in the Contemporary Black American Ghetto

Alice Goffman (Sociology, Princeton):Family and Friendship on the Run in West Philadelphia

Kevin Gerard Karpiak (Anthropology, UC Berkeley): Implementing Police Reform in Sarkozy’s France

Brian Lande(Sociology, UC Berkeley): Bodies of Force: A Field Report on the Fabrication of Cops

12-1pm, Lunch break

1-3pm, Session 6 - INCARCERATION AND INEQUALITY

Bruce Western (Sociology, Princeton): Punishment and Inequality in America in the Era of the Prison Boom

Rucker C. Johnson and Stephen Raphael(Goldman Public Policy School, UC Berkeley): Male Incarceration and Racial Disparities in AIDS Infection Rates

Michael Massoglia(Sociology, University of Minnesota): Unhealthy Conditions: The Impact of Incarceration on Racial Disparities in Mental and Physical Health After Release

Chris Wildeman (Sociology, Princeton): Paternal Incarceration, the Prison Boom, and the Concentration of Childhood Disadvantage

3-3:30 pm, Coffee and doughnut break

3:30-4:30pm, Session 7 - PENALITY AS CIVIC SIGNIFICATION

David Garland (Sociology and Law, NYU): American Capital Punishment: A Theoretical Problem for Sociological Analysis

Amy Lerman(Political Science, UC Berkeley): Policy Feedback on a Captive Audience: How Prison Cultures Shape Civic Attitudes and Behavior

4:30-5pm: General discussion