The United States has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world, with nearly two and a quarter million individuals housed in state or federal prisons at the end of 2011. A great many of these prisoners--the vast majority of whom are men--have families: partners, children, and extended family members living outside prison walls and yet, at the same time, captive to the prisoner’s sentence. This year, UNC School of Law’s Conference on Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity will explore the myriad social dynamics implicated by incarceration’s destabilized families, including both causes of the destabilization and their results. The Conference will invite speakers from the law, the academy, and the advocacy world to share their expertise on diverse topics such as how our war on drugs has contributed to mass incarceration and the destabilization of poor families, the way our education system continues to fail children and adolescents, how incarceration further (and permanently) divides immigrant families, the psychological effect of solitary confinement on individuals and their families, the way incarceration destabilizes and reorders community and family economies, and how families of North Carolina prisoners will adapt in our new political and social climate.
Please join us on February 22, 2014, for the 18th Annual Conference on Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity: Captive Audience: Incarceration and the Family.