Dr. Keesha Middlemass, associate professor of public policy at Howard University, will discuss her award-winning book "Convicted and Condemned: The Politics of Prisoner Reentry" as part of the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy's fall lecture series.
Her lecture will focus on prisoner reentry from an interdisciplinary perspective by combining first-person narratives of men and women coming home alongside an analysis of public policies. This particular approach explains why it is so hard to successfully reintegrate back into society after being convicted of a felony. Middlemass’ analysis demonstrates how public policies have created perverted incentives for men and women convicted of a felony. In addition to critiquing the politics and policies of punishment, she will offer some policy changes on how society can be more welcoming to the hundreds of thousands of men and women exiting prison every year.