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Melanie D. Newport is an Assistant Professor of US History at the University of Connecticut-Hartford. She is affiliated faculty in the American Studies and Urban and Community Studies programs. She is currently working on a history of jailing in Chicago called This is My Jail under contract with University of Pennsylvania Press.

Melanie is a 2020-2021 Faculty Fellow at the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute.

Read: Melanie in the Washington Post on why bail funds are having a moment.

Watch: Melanie joins COVIDCalls to offer historic perspective on the pandemic’s impact on incarcerated people

Listen: Melanie talks about her research on Cook County Jail on Kite Line Radio.

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