Dean Alfange Jr. Lecture: 'Degradation Ceremonies'
September 28, 2017
Room: Amherst Room, 10th floor
UMass Amherst Campus
Michael Meltsner, Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law, speaks on “Degradation Ceremonies: Constitutional and Statutory Limits of the Punishment After Punishment.”
In an era of mass incarceration, hundreds of thousands, disproportionately minority, are released from prison every year. They face staggering numbers of adverse legal consequences flowing from a criminal record, disabilities created by a punitive society that amount to a form of ostracism and loss of full citizenship. Efforts to end discrimination and reduce recidivism are common. What are the barriers to real reform and what can be done to overcome them?
This presentation is part of the Annual Dean Alfange Jr. Lecture Series in American Constitutionalism.