On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, Touro University California’s (TUC’s) Public Health Program will host a special presentation by nationally renowned expert in the field of criminal justice, Dr. Reuben Jonathon Miller of the University of Chicago. His presentation explores what it means to live in the “supervised society” of the U.S. criminal justice system – the hidden social world we’ve produced through our laws, policies and practices – and, more importantly, how we might find our way out. The presentation is free and open to the public with prior registration. There is limited seating so please see below for advance registration details.
The U.S. criminal justice system currently holds 2.3 million people and more people are incarcerated in America than in any other nation in the western world. But the prison is only part of a vast criminal justice landscape. Upon release, incarcerated people are greeted by more than 48,000 laws, policies and administrative sanctions that limit their participation in the labor and housing markets, in cultural and civic life, and even with their families. This creates an alternate form of political membership: “carceral citizenship.” Dr. Miller will discuss what it’s like to live in as a “carceral citizen” and, more importantly, how we can change this system for the better.
Dr. Miller’s work has been published in journals of criminology, human rights, law, psychology, sociology, social work, and public health, and he is frequently called upon to give media commentary on issues of crime, punishment, race and poverty. Like Michelle Obama, Dr. Miller is a native of Chicago’s South Side.