Articles and Publications

Published Reports and Papers

Report: The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences by Bruce Western, Committee Co-Chair; Devah Pager, Committee Member; National Research Council (April 2014)

Incarceration, Inequality, and Imagining Alternatives by Bruce Western in The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (January 2014)

Mass Incarceration, Macrosociology, and the Poor by Bruce Western and Christopher Muller in The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (May 2013)

Crime and Punishment: Public Safety Doesn’t Require More Inmates by Bruce Western in Boston Review (March 2012)

Locked Up, Locked Out: The Social Costs of Incarceration by Bruce Western in Reason (July 2011)

Paternal Incarceration and Support for Children in Fragile Families by Amanda Geller, Irwin Garfunkel, and Bruce Western in Demography (February 2011)

Incarceration and Social Inequality by Bruce Western and Becky Pettit in Daedalus (2010)

Incarceration in Fragile Families by Christopher Wildeman and Bruce Western in The Future of Children (2010)

Decriminalizing Poverty by Bruce Western in The Nation (2010)

Estimating Risk: Stereotype Amplification and the Perceived Risk of Criminal Victimization by Lincoln Quillian and Devah Pager in Social Psychology Quarterly(2010)

Investigating Prisoner Reentry: The Impact of Conviction Status on the Employment Prospects of Young Men by Devah Pager and Bruce Western, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice (2009)

The Black Family and Mass Incarceration by Bruce Western and Christopher Wildeman in The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (2009)

Discrimination in a Low Wage Labor Market: A Field Experiment by Devah Pager, Bruce Western, and Bart Bonikowski in American Sociological Review (2009)

From Prison to Work: A Proposal for a National Prisoner Reentry Program by Bruce Western from The Hamilton Project and The Brookings Institution (2008)

Marked: Race, Crime, and Finding Work in an Era of Mass Incarceration by Devah Pager from University of Chicago Press (2008)

Punishment and Inequality in America by Bruce Western from Russell Sage Foundation (2006)
Winner of the 2008 Michael J. Hindelang Book Award from the American Society of Criminology and 2007 Albert J. Reiss Distinguished Scholarship Award

Articles, News, Opinion Pieces

Change in Prison Population:  Don't Throw Away the Key

Chart:  Don't Throw Away the Key, Change in Prison Population

From the article Crime and Punishment: Public Safety Doesn’t Require More Inmatesby Bruce Western (Boston Review)

Presentations and Video