Wednesday, December 27, 2017

20th Anniversary Issue of Punishment & Society

Punishment & Society, arguably the founding journal of our field, has just published its 20th Anniversary issue featuring a host of great articles:

Punishment & Society
Volume 20, Issue 1, January 2018
20th Anniversary Special Issue

Introduction: 20th anniversary special issue
Mona Lynch, Kelly Hannah-Moffat
First Published December 21, 2017; pp. 3–7

Theoretical advances and problems in the sociology of punishment
David Garland
First Published December 21, 2017; pp. 8–33

Punishment, globalization and migration control: ‘Get them the hell out of here’
Mary Bosworth, Katja Franko, Sharon Pickering
First Published December 21, 2017; pp. 34–53

Reimagining the sociology of punishment through the global-south: postcolonial social control and modernization discontents
David S Fonseca
First Published December 7, 2017; pp. 54–72

Punitive turn and justice cascade: Mutual inspiration from Punishment and Society and human rights literatures
Joachim J Savelsberg
First Published December 21, 2017; pp. 73–91

Theoretical and empirical limits of Scandinavian Exceptionalism: Isolation and normalization in Danish prisons
Keramet Reiter, Lori Sexton, Jennifer Sumner
First Published December 21, 2017; pp. 92–112

Digital degradation: Stigma management in the internet age
Sarah E Lageson, Shadd Maruna
First Published December 21, 2017; pp. 113–133

Risky business, risk assessment, and other heteronormative misnomers in women’s community corrections and reentry planning
Erin M Kerrison
First Published December 21, 2017; pp. 134–151

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Speaker Series: Lageson, Criminal Records as Big Data Commodity (January 18, 2-3:30 EST)

We are pleased to announce our first installment of the P&S Digital Speaker Series:

Punishment & Society CRN Digital Speaker Series

Thursday, January 18, 2:00-3:30 EST
(Instructions for watching the talk online forthcoming)

Sarah Lageson, Rutgers University

“Criminal Records as Big Data Commodity”

New forms of digital criminal record data collection and generous FOIA and First Amendment interpretations have allowed criminal records to transform into a valuable commodity. Data brokers aggressively pursue law enforcement, court, and correctional data, then repackage and sell it to a growing class of criminal record consumers. Taking a field approach, this study traces the development of relationships between criminal justice agencies and data brokers. Analyses of internal and public documents and interviews with data brokers show how this work is framed through cultural values of tech efficiency and transparency, and as a consumer friendly alternative to bureaucratic and inefficient government. By collating and synthesizing public records, these companies create markets of criminal record consumers and sell criminal record data as commodity. Ultimately, this wide scale embrace of open records by media and the courts have more firmly guided U.S. criminal record policy than due process, privacy and liberty values.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Members' Publications

As compiled by Miltonette Craig:

December 2017


Campbell, Michael C., and Matt Vogel. (2017). The Demographic Divide: Population Dynamics and the Rise of Mass Incarceration in the United States. Punishment and Society. DOI: 10.1177/1462474517734166. [Access it here]

De Giorgi, Alessandro. (2017). Back to Nothing: Prisoner Reentry and Neoliberal Neglect. Social Justice, 44(1), 83-120. [Access it here]

Jiang, Jize, and Kuang Kai. (2018, Forthcoming). Hukou Status and Sentencing in the Wake of Internal Migration: The Penalty Effect of Being Rural-to-Urban Migrants in China. Law & Policy.

Kerrison, Erin M. (2017). An Historical Review of Racial Bias in Prison-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Design. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 56(8), 567-592. [Access it here]

Kerrison, Erin M. (2017). Exploring How Prison-Based Drug Rehabilitation Programming Shapes Racial Disparities in Substance Use Disorder Recovery. Social Science & Medicine.  DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.08.002. [Access it here]

Kerrison, Erin M., Jennifer Cobbina, and Kimberly Bender. (2017). “Your Pants Won’t Save You”: Why Black Youth Challenge Race-Based Police Surveillance and the Demands of Black Respectability Politics. Race and Justice. DOI: 10.1177/2153368717734291. [Access it here]

Rubin, Ashley T., and Keramet Reiter. (2017). Continuity in the Face of Penal Innovation: Revisiting the History of American Solitary Confinement. Law & Social Inquiry. DOI: 10.1111/lsi.12330. [Access it here]

Rubin, Ashley T., and Michelle S. Phelps. (2017). Fracturing the “Penal State”: State Actors and the Role of Conflict in Penal Change. Theoretical Criminology, 21(4), 422-440. [Access it here]

Werth, Robert, and Andrea Ballestero. (2017). Ethnography and the Governance of Il/Legality: Some Methodological and Analytical Reflections. Social Justice, 44(1), 10-35. [Access it here]

Xenakis, Sappho, and Leonidas K. Cheliotis. (2018, In Press). Whither Neoliberal Penality? The Past, Present and Future of Imprisonment in the US. Punishment & Society.


Barker, Vanessa. (2017). Nordic Nationalism and Penal Order: Walling the Welfare State. New York: Routledge. [More information here]

Durand, Corentin, Hugues de Suremain, and Nicolas Ferran. (2017). “The European Oversight of France.” In GaĆ«tan Cliquennois and Hugues de Suremain (Eds.), Monitoring Penal Policy in Europe. Abingdon: Routledge. [More information here]

Owens, Emily, Erin M. Kerrison, and Bernardo Santos Da Silveira. (2017). Examining Racial Disparities in Criminal Case Outcomes among Indigent Defendants in San Francisco. Full Report. Philadelphia: Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, University of Pennsylvania Law School. [More information here]

Werth, Robert (Special Issue Editor). (2017). Ethnographic Explorations of Punishment and the Governance of Security. Social Justice, 44(1). [More information here]

If you would like your recently published book or article to be included in the next digest,

please send your citation information to Miltonette Craig ( by January 31.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Male Jealousy & Questions of Sexual Honor: A Look at Historical Cases of Domestic Murder in Ireland (Reposted from Nursing Clio)

Lynsey Black recently published a great blog post, "Male Jealousy & Questions of Sexual Honor: A Look at Historical Cases of Domestic Murder in Ireland," the first three paragraphs of which follow:
At present in Ireland, a Domestic Violence Bill is rumbling its way through the Irish parliament, a welcome albeit overdue development. Louise Crowley has noted that failures to enshrine domestic violence as a discrete criminal offense have gone hand-in-hand with Ireland’s historic reluctance to intervene in such cases. A look at gendered violence in Ireland, focusing on historical cases of domestic murder, can help illustrate the contours of gender. Investigating cases of men who were convicted of murdering women from motives attributed to jealousy can reveal Irish societal attitudes to sexual honor and women’s sexuality. 
My research focuses on the period 1864 to 1914. In this 51-year span, I have so far identified eleven cases in which men were convicted of the murder of a female partner in circumstances that were explicitly understood through the motive of jealousy. The research project is ongoing, and further research may reveal other cases in which jealousy was present as a less overt motivation. 
However, what is clear so far is that these cases exist against a backdrop of violence against women — in the 51-year period, 28 men in total were convicted of the murder of a wife, a number of other men murdered unmarried partners, while other cases reveal sexually-motivated killings. In a majority of cases in which men killed partners, there was a history of domestic violence in the relationship; within this context, jealousy was a common trigger for violent behavior.
For more, see the full post at Nursing Clio.