The Creation of the Penal State in America
This lecture will discuss, analyze, and illustrate the way in which mass incarceration that occurred over the last several decades in the United States transformed the American prison system, changed the norms of punishment, and undermined American values.
Professor Haney is one of the foremost experts on the prison system in the United States. He has been working on prison-related issues for over 40 years, beginning with the classic Stanford Prison Experiment of which he was a primary researcher. Since then, his research has addressed various legal and civil rights issues. He has done groundbreaking work on the social-psychological effects of solitary confinement and other forms of incarceration. He has done extensive research on the social histories of persons accused or convicted of serious violent crimes. He has also testified in hundreds of criminal cases on the social histories of defendants as well as offered assessments of institutional environments and prison conditions in the state and federal justice systems.
Professor Haney and his students are currently involved in a wide range of research projects including examining criminogenic social histories, the psychological effects of different forms of incarceration, the role of pre-trial publicity in creating juror prejudice and pre-judgment, and the structure of criminal justice attitudes and the mechanisms that underlie discriminatory legal decision making.