Interstitial EP031

Digitize and Punish
by Brian Jefferson

Digital technologies have transformed the geography of carceral space, augmenting older forms of racial criminalization via software and dispersed sensors. Brian Jefferson tracks the history of computing in the American criminal justice system.


Brian Jefferson is Associate Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on intersections of digital space, the state, and capitalism. Jefferson’s recent publications explore relations between the IT sector, mass criminalization, and urban governance. He edits the digital magazine and is on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal Urban Geography.


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Digitize and Punish: Racial Criminalization in the Digital Age
Brian Jefferson
University of Minnesota Press
April 2020


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