Justin Piché has conducted studies in three substantive areas: 1) the normalization and proliferation of imprisonment inside and outside the penal system; 2) alternatives to incarceration, punishment and carceral controls; and 3) cultural representations of confinement and penality. He is Co-managing Editor of the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons (www.jpp.org) published by the University of Ottawa Press, which features peer-reviewed articles written by current and former prisoners that link their experiences to broader trends in penal policy and practice discussed in criminological literature. Current research projects include a collaborative study with Kevin Walby (University of Victoria) funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada entitled "A Culture of Penality? Meanings of Incarceration and Punishment in Canada's Penal Tourism Museums". Through an analysis of penal tourism museum narratives, relics, spatial arrangements and curation practices, the study aims to understand how these historical sites contribute to our individual and collective understandings of confinement and punishment, as well as our knowledge concerning the experiences of the imprisoned. A second project, entitled "Locating Penitentiaries in Kingston: How Place Matters", examines how nine federal penitentiaries came to be located in the Kingston area and the sociological implications of these places for prisoners, staff and the region. In working towards a social geography of prisons, the study also examines the architecture and spatial practices that shape interactions within these facilities, explores how staff and prisoners resist these structures that aim to control their lived geographies, and investigates how these institutions are depicted in local culture and contribute to the formation of the region's identity. Professor Piché is in the process of writing articles based on his doctoral dissertation, entitled "The Prison Idea (Un)interrupted: Penal Infrastructure Expansion, Research and Action in Canada", which examined the factors shaping recent prison capacity expansion in Canada. A manuscript for a book is also in preparation that will examine the strengths and limitations of various approaches to public criminology. Justin is interested in collaborating with other researchers and in serving on supervisory committees for graduate students on projects related to his research interests (see below), as well as the following topics: access to information and freedom of information; critical and radical criminologies; collateral consequences of incarceration; prison profiteers; (in)security; and surveillance.
A 36-year-old ex-convict who turned from street crime and drug addiction to pursue an education at the University of Massachusetts has been honored by the National University Continuing Education Association of Washington.
The man, Roy Eddington, was given the award for outstanding nontraditional degree students on April 30 at a meeting of the group in New Orleans. The award honors a student older than 25 for ''achievement of excellence in pursuit of continuing education,'' said Alleen Deutsch, dean of the division of continuing education at Auburn University and head of the selection committee.
Graduating Cum Laude
A felon with a long record of robbery charges and heroin addiction, he entered the Prison Education Project when it began in 1987, while he was serving a six-year sentence for larceny. Last May, he graduated cum laude in general studies, becoming the first inmate in the project to earn an undergraduate degree. He is now pursuing a master's degree in the School of Education.
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Jody Cohen, Education 290 Learning in Institutional Spaces Bryn Mawr College, Fall 2012 TTh 12:45-2:15 This class is part of a cluster of three courses in a new 360° called Women in Walled Communities: Silence, Voice, Vision, which focuses on the constraints and agency of individual actors in the institutional settings of women's colleges and prison
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