Tony Platt: Beyond These Walls
Friday, February 15 at 7 p.m., we are proud to welcome Tony Platt to talk about his new book from St. Martin's Press, Beyond These Walls: Rethinking Crime and Punishment in the United States.
Northtown Books will also be selling the book at an event featuring Tony Platt and scholars Nancy Perez and Stephanie Lumsden at the the Native American Forum at HSU on Thursday, February 14 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Beyond These Walls is an ambitious and far-ranging exploration that tracks the legacy of crime and imprisonment in the United States, from the historical roots of the American criminal justice system to our modern state of over-incarceration, and offers a bold vision for a new future.
"Warning: this is a book that will tug at your conscience long after you put it down. Platt, a renowned criminologist, has spent a lifetime fighting against the cruelty and injustice that hides behind black robes and police badges. Superbly written, this is the most accurate and up-to-date overview of 'carceral' America. He argues that while rates of incarceration may have peaked, the criminalization of poverty, race and sexual difference has accelerated since the election of Donald Trump opened the doors of hell."—Mike Davis
"The American criminal justice system is an international scandal, both in its scale and its brutality. While these crimes have escalated since Reagan, they are rooted in a much broader range of 'social control institutions,' matters investigated with penetrating insight and historical depth in this powerful study, which does not limit itself to critical analysis but proceeds on to consideration of serious remedies." — Noam Chomsky
TONY PLATT is a Distinguished Affiliated Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law & Society, University of California, Berkeley. The author of numerous books dealing with issues of criminal justice, race, inequality, and social justice in American history, including Grave Matters: Excavating California's Buried Past. Platt’s experience as a political activist and public intellectual informs his research and publications. He lives in Berkeley, CA.