Defining someone as a criminal carries serious consequences for the individual in terms of a denial of resources, increased surveillance, incarceration, and dehumanization, and also for society as a whole.
Author information: Sophia Meacham is now at the Columbia College of Arts and Sciences at George Washington University where she is pursuing a Masters degree in Media and Strategic Communications. This research was conducted as an independent study by the author as an undergraduate at Smith College.
"Defining Criminality: Confronting Racist and Classist Narratives of the Criminal,"
Compass: An Undergraduate Journal of American Political Ideas: Vol. 4:
1, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.jsu.edu/compass/vol4/iss1/2