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A video by the Equal Justice Initiative titled "Slavery to Mass Incarceration". 

Ted Talk by Bryan Stevenson titled "We Need to Talk About an Injustice"

Trailer for 13th - a documentary on Netflix. 

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Below you will find citations for articles related to the topic of incarceration and race that may be of interest to read. Milne Library has access to some of these. If you conduct a "Search Everything" search on the library's main page for the title of the article, you will see which ones we have access to. The other articles can be requested through Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad)


Cochran, J. C., Toman, E. L., Mears, D. P., & Bales, W. D. (2017). Solitary confinement as punishment: Examining in-prison sanctioning disparities. Justice Quarterly, 1-31.

Donohue, J. J. (2014). An Empirical Evaluation of the Connecticut Death Penalty System Since 1973: Are There Unlawful Racial, Gender, and Geographic Disparities?. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies11(4), 637-696.

Eberhardt, J. L., Davies, P. G., Purdie-Vaughns, V. J., & Johnson, S. L. (2006). Looking deathworthy: Perceived stereotypicality of Black defendants predicts capital-sentencing outcomes. Psychological Science17(5), 383-386.

Haney, C. (2018). Restricting the Use of Solitary Confinement. Annual Review of Criminology1, 285-310.

Steffensmeier, D., Painter-Davis, N., & Ulmer, J. (2017). Intersectionality of race, ethnicity, gender, and age on criminal punishment. Sociological Perspectives60(4), 810-833.

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