Probing the Limits of Carcerality 

abstract illustration representing mass incarceration

Carcerality is the idea that security is produced by isolating individuals and punishing them. It is overwhelmingly studied within domestic criminal justice policies. This WPF research and outreach program aims to probe the limits of carcerality in three ways. First, it seeks to challenge the border between domestic and international policies, drawing attention to how both arenas are limited by a carceral imaginary that foregrounds prosecution and imprisonment. Second, within the domestic arena, our research seeks to document the communal impacts of incarcerating individuals by examining how the harms of incarceration ripple through communities. Third, we partner with individuals and organizations within our community in Massachusetts who are re-imagining alternatives to carceral practices. 

The program seeks to publish research papers and policy analysis, and to convene partners.

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