Gender and Cultural Studies Event - Imprisoning Communities: How Mass Incarceration Makes Disadvantaged Places Worse

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 ( 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm )

Location: Peirce 116, Stevens Institute of Technology

A talk by Dr. Todd Clear, Dean of the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University
Wednesday, February 6th, 4-6 PM in Peirce 116, Stevens Institute of Technology.


The United States has the largest prison population rate of all Western Democracies. The growth in imprisonment, which has taken place over the last 35 years, has had significant impact on impoverished communities, and has contributed to racial inequality. This talk reviews theory and evidence on the impact of incarceration on disadvantaged urban areas. 


Todd R. Clear is Dean of the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. In 1978, he received a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from The University at Albany. Clear has also held professorships at Ball State University, Rutgers University, Florida State University (where he was also Associate Dean of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice) and John Jay College of Criminal Justice (where he held the rank of Distinguished Professor). He has authored 12 books and over 100 articles and book chapters. His most recent book is Imprisoning Communities, by Oxford University Press. Clear has also written on community justice, correctional classification, prediction methods in correctional programming, community-based correctional methods, intermediate sanctions, and sentencing policy. He is currently involved in studies of the criminological implications of “place,” and the economics of justice reinvestment. Clear has served as president of The American Society of Criminology, The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and The Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice. His work has been recognized through several awards, including those of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, The Rockefeller School of Public Policy, the American Probation and Parole Association, the American Correctional Association, and the International Community Corrections Association. He was the founding editor of the journal Criminology & Public Policy, published by the American Society of Criminology. 


This event is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters and Gender and Cultural Studies.