The six articles in this issue of Focus examine the topic of incarceration, and how it affects prisoners and their families, both during and after imprisonment. This article summarizes a seminar given by Christopher Uggen at the University of Wisconsin–Madison on crime, punishment, and American inequality, where he argued that basing criminal justice policy on the view that all people can be classified either as “bad actors” or “good citizens” is untenable and may lead to over-punishment. (Author abstract modified)
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