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Criminal Justice Matters – Incarceration Nations
Start Date: 4/10/2016Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Date: 4/10/2016
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John Jay College Professor Baz Dreisinger visited prisons in Rwanda, Thailand, Brazil and six other countries for her just-published book “Incarceration Nations.” When the United States remains the largest jailer in the world, it’s possible we have something to learn. Prof. Dreisinger’s findings are not just data driven but portrayed through the intimate stories of incarcerated women and men from around the world. Criminal Justice Matters host Stephen Handelman, discusses what she discovered.

Airdates on CUNY TV:

  • Wednesday, April 6 - 10:00am, 3:00pm, 11:00pm
  • Saturday, April 9  - 8:00pm
  • Sunday, April 10 - 10:00am


More on our guest: Dr. Baz Dreisinger 
Professor Dreisinger earned her Ph.D. in English from Columbia University, where she specialized in American and African-American studies. Her book Near Black: White-to-Black Passing in American Culture (University of Massachusetts Press, 2008) was featured in the New York Times Book Review and on National Public Radio. She is the founder and Academic Director of John Jay's Prison-to-College Pipeline program, which offers college courses and reentry planning to incarcerated men at Otisville Correctional Facility, and broadly works to increase access to higher education for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. Professor Dreisinger moonlights as a journalist and critic, writing about Caribbean culture, race-related issues, travel, music and pop culture for such outlets as the New York TimesLos Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal, and producing on-air segments about music and global culture for National Public Radio (NPR). Together with Oscar-nominated filmmaker Peter Spirer, Professor Dreisinger produced and wrote the documentaries Black & Blue: Legends of the Hip-Hop Cop, which investigates the New York Police Department’s monitoring of the hip-hop industry, and Rhyme & Punishment, about hip-hop and the prison industrial complex. Professor Dreisinger's book Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World will be published in Febraury, 2016.


Dreisinger Incarceration Nations

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