May 02, 2018

Law and Justice

Social justice leader, litigator, and former executive director of Amnesty International USA Steven W. Hawkins held Beloit’s 2017-18 Weissberg Chair in International Studies.

Hawkins visited classes and presented talks about the U.S. criminal justice system and how it disproportionately targets minorities and the economically disadvantaged. “We live in a period of mass incarceration,” Hawkins said. “And we are the leading jailer in the world.” Among the facts Hawkins shared:

  • 7 million people are incarcerated worldwide
  • 25% of all prisoners worldwide are jailed in the U.S.
  • Since 1980, U.S. spending on prisons has multiplied by 300%
  • U.S. spending on prisons exceeds spending on education
  • The state of Texas has become a model of prison reform in the U.S.

Also In This Issue

  • Mixed in among the documents and photographs you’d expect to find in Beloit’s Archives are any number of unusual objects, such as beanies, banners, busts, and other Beloit ephemera from long ago, not to mention examples of vintage college swag. The exact origin of this bright felt pennant is unknown, but Archivist Fred Burwell’86 speculates this expression of Beloit spirit has been around for at least a century.

    From the Archives

  • Trend Report: Converse Shoes and Mom Jeans

  • Speaker Stirs Controversy


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