Digitize and Punish

Racial Criminalization in the Digital Age

Digitize and Punish (2020, University of Minnesota Press)

232 pages

English language

Published March 16, 2020 by University of Minnesota Press.


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Tracing the rise of digital computing in policing and punishment and its harmful impact on criminalized communities of color

Brian Jefferson explores the history of digital computing and criminal justice, revealing how big tech, computer scientists, university researchers, and state actors have digitized carceral governance over the past forty years. He shows how digital technology has expanded the wars on crime and drugs, enabling our current state of mass incarceration and further entrenching the nation’s racialized policing and punishment.

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