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“Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys in California"

Victor Rios, UC Santa Barbara
Jun 06, 2011 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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This presentation will show data from six years of major field studies conducted in Northern and Southern California on delinquent Black and Latino young males.  Findings suggest that from elementary school on, teachers and law enforcement mark some of these boys as "dangerous" or "difficult," and harshly punish them for petty infractions. Once they accumulate "negative credentials," the young men are subject to increased surveillance--and are consequently more likely to end up in prison.

Rios terms this criminalization "the youth control complex," and explains how it systematically deprives boys of their dignity and their ability to succeed at school or in the job market. He examines how the culture of punishment pushes young men into the very criminality that the punishment is meant to deter, and makes an argument that positive quality of interactions with authority figures could make all the difference.

Professor Rios forthcoming book, Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys, analyzes how punitive juvenile crime policies and criminalization affect the everyday lives of urban youth.  He has published on juvenile justice, masculinity, and race and crime in scholarly journals such as The Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Sciences, Latino Studies, and Critical Criminology.  In 2010 Rios received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research at UC Santa Barbara.

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