Speaker: Ali Sewell
Abstract: Public health approaches to violence have shifted from situating policing as a system of care to policing as a system of hurt. Fueled by an ever-growing examination of the multifaceted feedbacks of mass incarceration, the role of criminal legal contact for quality of life has shown to reach further and further into the lives and communities of those who are not in direct contact with the police, the inceptive gatekeepers of criminalization. Drawing on historical data of state-implicated redlining, this study considers the interlocking web of violence between communities and the people designated by the state to protect them. To evaluate the systemic legacy of “surveillance stress” on vulnerable conditions, I connect epidemiological indicators of vulnerable conditions to administrative and legal databases and consider their implication to the role of systemic racism on pandemic inequities.
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