The NEIU Philosophy Colloquium Series has been a regular department-sponsored event since Spring 2018. The purpose of this event is to give the NEIU community access to all of the richness and diversity of contemporary professional philosophy. The Colloquium Series also provides professional philosophers with the opportunity to experience NEIU firsthand and meet our students and faculty in an academic setting.
"The Inherent Problem with Mass Incarceration"
Raff Donelson, JD, PHD, Chicago-Kent College of Law
4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 in Bernard Brommel Hall Room 101
Mass incarceration is arguably the most glaring problem with American criminal justice. But the nature of this problem is obscure. Critics of mass incarceration often point to contingent features of the phenomenon, like the fact that Blacks are disproportionately imprisoned. But mass incarceration would seemingly be bad, even without racial disparities. Other critics, such as abolitionists, point to problems with punishment in general. But this critique, even if well-founded, fails to notice anything specifically troubling about mass incarceration. This essay provides a novel answer to the unique problem posed by mass incarceration - it is inconsistent with a free society.
Raff Donelson is an associate professor at the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Donelson's research and teaching focus on criminal law and procedure as well as on moral and legal philosophy. Prior to coming to Chicago-Kent, Donelson taught at Penn State and LSU. He holds a J.D. and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Northwestern University, a M.A. from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. from Williams College.
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