Please join us for Professor Hadar Aviram's book release event, Cheap on Crime: Recession-Era Politics and the Transformation of American Punishment.
UC Hastings will celebrate the release of Professor Aviram’s new book on February 11th at 3:30 pm in the Alumni Reception Center. The book launch will feature Professor Jonathon Simon, Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Society at UC Berkeley Law, who will discuss the book with Professor Aviram. A reception and book signing will follow.
This event is free and open to the public. Please help us plan ahead by registering here.
After forty years of increasing prison construction and incarceration rates, winds of change are blowing through the American correctional system. The 2008 financial crisis demonstrated the unsustainability of the incarceration project, thereby empowering policy makers to reform punishment through fiscal prudence and austerity.
In Cheap on Crime, Professor Aviram draws on years of archival and journalistic research and builds on social history and economics literature to show the powerful impact of recession-era discourse on the death penalty, the war on drugs, incarceration practices, prison health care, and other aspects of the American correctional landscape.
Prior to joining the UC Hastings faculty in 2007, Hadar Aviram practiced as a military defense attorney in the Israel Defense Forces for five years, completed her M.A. in Criminology at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her Ph.D. in UC Berkeley's Jurisprudence and Social Policy program, where she studied as a Fulbright Fellow and a Regents Intern, and taught at Tel Aviv University.
Professor Aviram’s research focuses on the criminal justice system and examines policing, courtroom practices, and broad policy decisions through social science perspectives. Her methodology often combines quantitative, qualitative and experimental tools. Professor Aviram’s most recent projects and publications, including her book Cheap on Crime: Recession-Era Politics and the Transformation of American Punishment (University of California Press), analyze the impact of the financial crisis on the American correctional landscape and on California corrections in particular. She co-chairs the UC Hastings Institute for Criminal Justice and runs the California Correctional Crisis blog.