February 23, 2015 | Featured, News

ISLG Executive Director Michael Jacobson is leading a panel at the Eastern Sociological Society annual meeting on Friday about the future of mass incarceration. He will be joined by Columbia University Assistant Professor Carla Shedd and Professor and Provost at Rutgers University-Newark Todd Clear.

Prior to joining CUNY in May 2013 to help create the Institute for State and Local Government, Jacobson was president of the Vera Institute of Justice for eight years. He is the author of Downsizing Prisons: How to Reduce Crime and End Mass Incarceration (New York University Press 2005). He was New York City Correction Commissioner from 1995 to 1998 and New York City Probation Commissioner from 1992 to 1996. Holding a PhD in sociology, he was a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of CUNY from 1998 to 2005.

Shedd’s research and teaching interests focus on crime and criminal justice; race and ethnicity; law and society; social inequality; and urban sociology. Her first book, Unequal City: Race, Schools, and Perceptions of Injustice (Russell Sage, Fall 2015) focuses on the city of Chicago and examines the two institutions that prominently shape the lives of urban youth: the public school system and the criminal justice system. It also highlights the racially stratified social and physical terrain youth traverse between home and school. Shedd’s exploration of the “carceral continuum” is extended in her new research capturing and analyzing the myriad legal and extra-legal attributes that impact juvenile justice processing and dispositions in New York City. Shedd has been published in various academic journals and edited book volumes.

Clear has held professorships at Ball State University, Florida State University (where he was also Associate Dean of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice), and John Jay College of Criminal Justice (where he held the rank of Distinguished Professor). He has authored 13 books and over 100 articles and book chapters. His most recent book is The Punishment Imperative, by NYU Press. Clear has also written on community justice, correctional classification, prediction methods in correctional programming, community-based correctional methods, intermediate sanctions, and sentencing policy. He is currently involved in studies of the criminological implications of “place,” and the economics of justice reinvestment.