Harvard Instructor to Speak on Incarceration

 Harvard Instructor to Speak on Incarceration in America  ​

ehintonphoto-small.jpg America has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Yet, the United States is home to only one-twentieth of the world’s population​ today. A quarter of the world’s prisoners can be found in one of the nation’s 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 942 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,283 local jails, and 79 Indian Country jails, not to mention military prisons, immigration detention facilities, civil commitment centers, and prisons in the U.S. territories.

       Elizabeth Hinton, Ph.D., who has studied America’s jail epidemic, will be speaking on March 30 at 3 pm in the Riverside City College Digital Library Auditorium. Hinton recently published a 464-page book, War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America, which “traces the rise of mass incarceration to an ironic source: the social welfare programs of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society at the height of the civil rights era.”

       Hinton is an associate professor in the History Department and Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.

       According to the Death Penalty Information Center, Riverside County imposed more death sentences than any other county in the United States in 2015. Robert J. Smith, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, called Riverside County "the buckle of a new Death Belt," because it, along with four other southern California counties, had replaced the Deep South in overproducing death sentences.

     The event is free and open to the public, but parking rules will be enforced; please see metered machines for parking passes and regulations. Media interested in a one-on-one interview can contact Hinton at ehinton@fas.harvard.edu or by phone at (646) 498-8941.

       Hinton’s address is co-sponsored by the Department of Economics, Geography and Political Science; Office of the President; Riverside Community College District Chancellor’s Office; Young Greens Coalition-RCC; Ujima; Progressive Student Alliance; RCC United Stripes Coalition; Art Department; Department of Library Services; Department of Behavioral Sciences; Department of History, Philosophy, Humanities and Ethnic Studies; Honors Program; and Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties.