CPRC Fall 2020 Seminar Series: Enforcing Freedom, with Professor Kerwin Kaye

* Some parts of this video have no visuals. This was done intentionally by the seminar presenter.

January 26, 2021

In 1989, the first drug-treatment court was established in Florida, inaugurating an era of state-supervised rehabilitation. Such courts have frequently been seen as a humane alternative to incarceration and the war on drugs. Enforcing Freedom offers an ethnographic account of drug courts and mandatory treatment centers as a system of coercion, demonstrating how the state uses notions of rehabilitation as a means of social regulation.

Kerwin Kaye is associate professor of sociology, American studies, and feminist, gender, and sexuality studies at Wesleyan University.