I’m blogging less! Some people say blogs are dead? As I get deeper into my book project, Community of the Condemned: Chicago and the Transformation of the American Jail, I’ve been molding my research into the necessary academic forms. This has meant less in the way of public-facing work to share here. Nonetheless, a sample of what I’ve been up to this summer:
- I visited the Moving Image Archive at Indiana University, Bloomington to watch Community of the Condemned, the 1950s television show about Cook County Jail from which my book borrows its title. Definitely one of the best archive visits I’ve had.
- I’ve been digging into national context of jailing beyond Cook County. One of my favorite images from this endeavor has been this photo of Bexar County Jail, via UTSA Special Collections, which portrays the construction of a new modern jail in 1962 next to a historic site. The old jail ultimately became a Holiday Inn Express. The jail seen here is now a private ICE detention facility operated by GEO.
- I presented a paper at LAWCHA entitled “‘Making up for Earlier Deficiencies’: Worker Retraining in Chicago’s Detention Facilities,” a broad overview of prisoner work programs at both the Chicago House of Correction and Cook County Jail.
- UConn-Hartford is moving to a new campus in downtown Hartford. After August 7, you’ll find me and my classes in the Hartford Times Building. Looking forward to engaging with our new community downtown!