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Getting Tough: Welfare and Imprisonment in 1970s America


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Julilly Kohler-Hausmann will discuss her book, Getting Tough: Welfare and Imprisonment in 1970s America, which examines the politics that led to the unprecedented growth of the penal system and the evisceration of the nation's welfare programs in the late 20th century. She explores how key welfare, crime, and drug policy in the 1970s helped empower the penal system, discredit “rehabilitation” and social welfare programs, and cast blame for the era's social upheaval on racialized groups that the state was not accountable to serve or represent.

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