Harvard Instructor to Speak on Incarceration in America
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
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
Hinton is an associate professor in the
History Department and Department of African and African American Studies at
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 email@example.com or by phone at (646) 498-8941.
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.