Dr. Jason Smith co-edits, Maria Valdovinos Olson contributes to a publication on mass incarceration

Jason Smith, an Affiliate Faculty with the Center for Social Science Research, has co-edited the volume Beyond Bars: A Path Forward from 50 Years of Mass Incarceration in the United States as part of the Society for the Study of Social Problems Justice-21 Committee. The volume is open-access and offers practical solutions for advocates, policy and lawmakers, and the wider public for addressing mass incarceration and its effects to create a more just, fair and safer society. 

The year 2023 marks 50 years of mass incarceration in the United States. This timely volume highlights and addresses pressing social problems associated with the US’s heavy reliance on mass imprisonment. In an atmosphere of charged political debate, including "tough on crime" rhetoric, the editors bring together scholars and experts in the criminal justice field to provide the most up-to-date science on mass incarceration and its ramifications on justice-impacted people and our communities.