Asylums and Prisons: Deinstitutionalization and Decarceration

Date: 
Friday, May 3, 2013 - 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: 
Coulter Lounge at the International House

Since the early nineteenth century, carceral spaces such as asylums, prisons, and state schools have been central to U.S. governance. Yet in the twentieth century these institutions took drastically different paths, as institutions for developmental disabilities and mental health dramatically decreased and prisons became the dominant state‐run institutions. This one‐day symposium at the University of Chicago on Friday May 3, 2013, brought together scholars from political science, law, history, sociology and disability studies to ask questions such as: How does deinstitutionalization in mental health relate to the rise of mass incarceration? How do medicalization, criminalization and technologies of surveillance intersect in the new penal state? What are the possibilities for change?

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Session 1 included presentations and discussion with Jonathan Metzl, Vanderbilt University, and Anne Parsons, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Session 2 included presentations and discussion with Michael Rembis, SUNY at Buffalo, and Liat BenMoshe, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Session 3 included presentations and discussion with Christopher Berk, University of Chicago, and Bernard Harcourt, University of Chicago.

Session 4 included presentations and discussion with Ray Noll, University of Chicago, and Robert Fairbanks, University of Chicago.