The Long Term: Decarceration and Freedom in the COVID-19 Moment and Beyond

May. 26

6:00–7:15 pm
Zoom web conference

Panelists will reflect on the impact of COVID-19 behind bars and contemporary struggles to end death by incarceration, a term that has taken on new meaning in the context of the pandemic. This dialogue builds on the anthology The Long Term: Resisting Life Sentences, Working Toward Freedom and is part of the American Studies Association's new series of Freedom Courses. Panelists incude:

  • Eric Blackmon, Paralegal, MacArthur Justice Center and Community Educator-in-Residence, Pozen Center Human Rights Lab

  • Kathy Boudin, Co-Director, Center for Justice, Columbia University 

  • Victoria Law, freelance journalist, author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women 

  • Reuben Miller, Assistant Professor, Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

  • Beth Richie, Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, author of Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence and America's Prison Nation