Civil Death, Incarceration, and Their Effects in the United States

Patricia A. Maulden

Mass conviction, mass incarceration, and mass disenfranchisement currently deprive millions of Americans of civil and voting rights. Civil death, while initially framed as related to a crime or infraction of law, continues to follow the formerly incarcerated to the grave. This presentation examines the backstory of these policies, the historic racial implications, interpretations of human value, and expansion of incarceration practices and policies over time. In addition to outlining the economic, social, and political systems that continue these policies, the discussion also highlights the enormous human, social, economic, and political costs on individuals, families, and communities.

A/V requirements: LCD Projector, Screen