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Brittany Friedman

ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholar 2021-22

Brittany Friedman is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California. A sociologist of punishment and social control, she researches race and prison order, inequality, mobilization against the carceral state, and the criminal legal system as an economic market. Her first book is under contract with The University of North Carolina Press and is tentatively titled "Born in Blood." The book traces how control strategies were institutionalized and designed to eradicate Black political protest and the implications for contemporary prison order and racial inequality. In addition to her book, Friedman is Co-PI of a comparative study of pay-to-stay practices and PI of the Project on Covid-19 and New Jersey Prisons. Her research has appeared or is forthcoming in Sociological Forum, Sociological Perspectives, RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, and Black Feminist Sociology: Perspectives and Praxis.

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