Histories of the Carceral State

This working group will bring together scholars whose research touches some aspect of mass incarceration, prisons, policing, crime and punishment, prisoners’ rights, social movements, state surveillance, detention, and violence. Using a historical framework, we will explore what scholars have called the carceral state chronologically and thematically. Our goal is to create an intellectual space in which to examine and debate the historical origins and social, political, and cultural implications of mass incarceration.