Katherine Beckett

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Comparative research contrasts the corporatist welfare states of Europe with the unregulated U.S. labor market to explain low rates of U.S. unemployment in the 1980s and 1990s. In contrast, this article argues that the U.S. state made a large and coercive intervention into the labor market through the expansion of the penal system. The impact of(More)
Recent research suggests that the use of monetary sanctions as a supplementary penalty in state and federal criminal courts is expanding, and that their imposition creates substantial and deleterious legal debt. Little is known, however, about the factors that influence the discretionary imposition of these penalties. This study offers a comprehensive(More)
On the basis of the converging evidence showing regulation of drinking behavior by 5-HT3AB receptors and the serotonin transporter, we hypothesized that the interactive effects of genetic variations in the genes HTR3A, HTR3B, and SLC6A4 confer greater susceptibility to alcohol dependence (AD) than do their effects individually. We examined the associations(More)
In post–civil rights America, the ascendance of “law-and-order” politics and “postracial” ideology have given rise to what we call the penology of racial innocence. The penology of racial innocence is a framework for assessing the role of race in penal policies and institutions, one that begins with the presumption that criminal justice is innocent of(More)
Prominent ear correction is a common operation. Complication as a result of infection has been quoted at between 3% and 5% [Calder JC, Nasaan A. Morbidity of otoplasty: a review of 562 consecutive cases. Br J Plast Surg 1994;47:170-4 and Jeffery SLA. Complications following correction of prominent ears: an audit review of 122 cases. Br J Plast Surg(More)
This article uses the US debate over elective Cesarean section to re-consider some of the more contentious issues raised in feminist debates about childbirth. Three waves of feminist commentary and critique in the United States are analysed in light of the ongoing debate over whether women should be able to choose Cesarean for non-medical reasons. I argue(More)
Americans are concerned about the problem of pornography (The term "pornography" is used herein to refer to sexually explicit media without any pejorative meaning necessarily intended. Terms such as "violent pornography" and "sexually violent media" are used to refer to media that combine sexual and violent content. We also sometimes use the term "sexually(More)
The expansion of the US carceral state has been accompanied by the emergence of what we call the ‘shadow carceral state’. Operating beyond the confines of criminal law and justice institutions, the shadow carceral state expands penal power through institutional annexation and legal hybridity, including: (1) increased civil and administrative pathways to(More)