“The Inherent Problem with Mass Incarceration.”


Apr. 29, 2022, 3pm to 5pm

Office/Remote Location


Remote access provided via Webex.


Raff Donelson, Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University

— Commentators have sharply criticized mass incarceration in the United States, but virtually all commentary has focused on contingent features of mass incarceration. For all the critics have said, there does not appear to be any problem with mass incarceration itself. There is only a problem with a racist system of mass incarceration, a classist system of mass incarceration, an expensive system of mass incarceration, and so on. This talk develops a critique of mass incarceration that strikes at its core. On the view propounded in this talk, mass incarceration is inherently wrong because it requires mass unfreedom, a condition that no one should accept.



Admission Information

Open to the public. Join via Webex.

Meeting number (access code): 2624 949 8933
Meeting password: PhilTalk4-29

Contact Information

Philosophy Dept.
Nicole Moore

External Sponsor

UNLV Philosophy Department