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The Punishment Continuum: How Court Actors Sentence and Enforce Monetary Sanctions

Professor Alexes Harris

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At this ISR Reads Event, hosted by The Institute for Social Research and the School of Public Health Epidemiology, Professor Alexes Harris will discuss her book “Pound of Flesh: Monetary Sanction as a Punishment for the Poor” (2016 Russell Sage).

The work examines the system of monetary sanctions (fines and fees), how decision-makers interpret the state law, apply the law to people before the court, and monitor their payments. Dr. Harris will also talk about her current five-year study examining the system of monetary sanctions across eight states and discuss policy implications.

Alexes Harris is the Presidential Term Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Washington.

A livestream of the event will be available:

If you require an accommodation to participate in this event or have any questions, please contact Anna Massey at
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