Rethinking Mass Incarceration in the South (2014)
CALL FOR PAPERS:
CONFERENCE ON “RETHINKING MASS INCARCERATION IN THE SOUTH”
April 13-15, 2014
University of Mississippi
As a region, the South is comprised of two states that continue to imprison the most persons per capita in the U.S.: Louisiana and Mississippi. Responding to rising rates of incarceration and recidivism in the South, the U.S.’s ongoing position as world leader in imprisonment, and the resultant need for productive regional and national conversations about mass incarceration, The University of Mississippi will host its first “Rethinking Mass Incarceration in the South” conference on April 13-15, 2014. In addition to sharing knowledge, experiences, and scholarship, we hope to develop action plans aimed at radically transforming the South’s legal and incarceration systems, including the launching of a prison-to-college program at Mississippi State Penitentiary/Parchman Farm.
We invite scholars of the legal and prison systems, professionals, formerly incarcerated individuals, policy makers, judicial personnel, educators, and activists to propose panels, papers, and poster sessions focusing particularly on Southern incarceration and justice systems, including policies, sentencing, populations, civil rights, human rights, and social justice issues and facilities. Features of the conference will include a session at Parchman Farm and keynote addresses by Dylan Rodriguez, author of Forced Passages: Imprisoned Radical Intellectuals and the U.S. Prison Regime and Vikki Law, author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women
Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
- Rethinking and Transforming the South’s legal and prison systems.
- Addressing the problems associated with the South’s incarceration system, policies, civil and human rights abuses, equity and social justice issues.
- Calculating the economic costs of mass incarceration.
- Analyzing the South’s juvenile justice system.
- Focusing on why the majority of prisoners in the South are non-violent prisoners and the effects of this on the region’s economic, social, and political systems.
- Highlighting how age, race, gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality, and/or nativity impact the South’s incarceration rate, recidivism, the treatment of the incarcerated, vocational and educational opportunities, or privileges and abuses within the South’s prisons and jails.
- Developing solutions for formerly incarcerated persons in the South, e.g. how to create an infrastructure by which re-entry is a smoother transition.
Please submit a paragraph describing the paper, poster, or discussion session (no longer than 200 words) and a brief biography or c.v. We also welcome panels. Please address any questions and send all materials to: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 1st, 2014.