Tuesday, March 5, 2024, 6:00pm
Sever Hall, Room 113

This event will bring together formerly incarcerated artists and writers to explore the relationship between making art and creating change, both within prisons and outside the walls. The panel will feature Eric Christo Martinez, Russell Craig, and Morgan Godvin, and will be moderated by Elizabeth Hinton.

About the Speakers:

Eric Christo Martinez is an artist, curator, writer, entrepreneur, and advocate based in Albuquerque, NM

Russell Craig is a visual artist and co-founder of the Right of Return Fellowship. A self-taught artist who survived nearly a decade of incarceration after growing up in the foster care system, Craig creates art as a means to explore the experience of overcriminalized communities and reassert agency after a lifetime of institutional control.

Morgan Godvin is a journalist, advocate, editor, and drug policy researcher. She is the Content & Community Engagement Manager at ITHAKA and the founder of Beats Overdose.

Elizabeth Hinton is Professor of History, African American Studies, and Law at Yale University. Her research focuses on the persistence of poverty, racial inequality, and urban violence in the 20th century United States.

Convened by Thomas Dichter, Lecturer in History and Literature at Harvard University.

This event is sponsored by The Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard, the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison, the Brandeis Educational Justice Initiative, the Educational Justice Institute at MIT, the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, the Institute on Policing, Incarceration & Public Safety at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, the Institute to End Mass Incarceration, the Prison Studies Project, and the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at Harvard Kennedy School.


New Technology and Big Data: Equitable and Objective Advancements, or Net Widening and False Promises of Reform? 
A Discussion with Sarah Brayne and Nicol Turner Lee

March 6, 2024 at 4:30pm ET (virtual).
Click here to register for the Zoom

Over the last three decades, law enforcement agencies have turned toward proactive rather than just responsive policing. The CompStat era of big data policing has increasingly given way to an era of predictive policing. Law enforcement agencies are frequently using algorithms and proprietary technology to inform patrol decisions and police decision-making. This increasing use of data and technology in policing has been pitched by some as an accountability tool that allows for more accurate crime reporting, more responsive police service, improved efficiency, and reduced bias. But the big data revolution in policing also has major implications for widening the scope of police contact, compromising privacy and civil liberties, and entrenching social inequity. Join our guests, Dr. Sarah Brayne and Dr. Nicol Turner Lee, to discuss how to weigh these costs and benefits in shaping public policy.  


Spring 2024 Speaker Series: Surveillance, Criminalization, and Punishment

More than two decades into the twenty-first century, technological innovations are beginning to outpace even our imaginations. What do these developments mean for the present and future of community safety, racial justice, and the balance of power between communities and the state? In Spring 2024, we’ll explore the promise and peril of new forms of surveillance in the criminal legal system—how advances in technology may improve and/or hinder accuracy and efficiency in law enforcement; allow for reductions in physical barriers of incarceration and detention, while also enabling carceral infrastructure to seep from behind bars out into communities; and herald new discriminatory targeting, deepening or compounding existing inequities. Will modern surveillance, AI, predictive policing, facial recognition, and more shrink the criminal legal system’s footprint or expand criminalization into new domains? On balance, will new technology improve our flawed systems or entrench existing and new harms? We’ll be joined by academics, practitioners, and impacted community members to unpack cutting-edge technological advancements in criminalization and punishment—exploring improvements to the administration of justice and the reproduction of hierarchies of control and domination.

This virtual seminar series takes place on Wednesdays at 4:30pm ET and is open to all. Click here to register for the Zoom.

February 14
Profiling in a Digital Age: Facial Recognition, Video Surveillance, and Policing 
Guest: Deborah Raji 

March 6
New Technology and Big Data: Equitable and Objective Advancements, or Net Widening and False Promises of Reform? 
Guests: Sarah Brayne and Nicol Turner Lee

March 13
Police Social Media Monitoring: The New Undercover Assignment
Guests: Rachel Levinson-Waldman and Josh Raisler-Cohn

April 10
Digitally Mapping Social Networks: RICO, Electronic Monitoring, and Surveillance of Gangs and Protest Movements
Guests: Babe Howell and Micah Herskind

April 17
New Terrain for Surveillance in Prisons: Wearable Monitoring, Tablets, and Technological Limits on Human Contact 
Guests: Beryl Lipton, Daniel Schwarz, and Nila Bala

May 8
Toward Data Justice: Countermobilization and Community Control
Guests: Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Shakeer Rahman, and Cynthia Conti-Cook

The Surveillance, Criminalization, and Punishment  speaker series is organized by Katy Naples-Mitchell, Program Director of the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, and  Sandra Susan Smith, Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice; Faculty Director, Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management; Director, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy; Professor of Sociology; and Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute.