I will preface this by saying these are just my thoughts but I don’t feel like putting “i think” in front of every strong statement. I will try to cite when I can.

What Do We Do Now?

I was at the Anti-Racist Book Festival last year and one of the speakers mentioned that we can’t mistake a change in conversation for a change in reality. For example, awareness and discussions around police violence have changed dramatically since Ferguson in 2014.. BUT the number of people killed by police every year remains constant. With that in mind, I am going to start this piece with…


Due to the release, and success, of her new book published by Haymarket, Mariame Kaba has been getting even more (deserved) attention. She is one of my personal heroes and someone that I continue to learn from all of the time. This is a resource list that I put together a while ago because I was always telling the people in my life about MK and this made it easier. But I just realized that others may find it helpful too so I’m making it public. …


Introduction
The modern day United States is one of the wealthiest societies to ever exist and despite crime rates on the decline and billions of dollars spent on corrections, the US cannot keep people out of prison and jail (BOP, 2018). The US has the most incarcerated people and the highest incarceration rates in the World; about 1 in every 100 adults is in prison or jail at any given moment, however, 95% are set to be released eventually and return to society (Kirk, Barnes, Hyatt, & Kearley, 2018). Unfortunately, an estimated ⅔ of those released will be rearrested within 3…


US immigration laws have essentially always protected, benefitted, and helped define Americans as closely tied to Whiteness but after September 11, 2001, things became even more intentional, explicit and harsh (García Hernández, 2020). While the government shifted their reactions to legal and illegal immigration, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) (2018), anti-immigrant groups like Federation for Immigration Reform (FAIR) and Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) have also changed the boundaries of what is considered acceptable within political action and public discourse. This research paper explores how average White citizens, not law enforcement or legislators, have used immigration law and language…


The United States has the highest overall incarcerated population and the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world; Black people make up a far greater proportion of that population than their relative percentage of United States citizens (Cullen, Agnew, & Wilcox, 2018). The incarcerated population has grown tremendously since the mid-20th century and Elizabeth Hinton (2017) has explained that it is not a coincidence but rather a direct impact of policies and laws including the The War on Drugs. Today, Black people are sent to prison and receive longer sentences for drug related offenses than white people despite…

Benjamin Cohn

Justice, Law and Criminology Graduate Student. Sharing some thoughts and some of my academic assignments as well.

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