September 8, 2022

Challenging Carceral Logics, with Lori Gruen, Justin Marceau, Reginald Dwayne Betts (YLS ‘16), and Michael Braham

New Haven, CT, United States

Carceral logics permeate our thinking about humans and nonhumans. We imagine that greater punishment will reduce crime and make society safer. We hope that more convictions and policing for animal crimes will protect animals from cruelty. But is incarcerating humans the appropriate response to violence against nonhuman animals? In this panel discussion, moderated by LEAP Faculty Co-Director Doug Kysar, Professor Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University) and Professor Justin Marceau (University of Denver Strum College of Law) discuss their recent volume, Carceral Logics -- which explores the intersection of issues that arise in thinking about animal law, violence, mass incarceration, and social change -- together with lawyer and poet Reginald Dwayne Betts (YLS '16), the founder and director of Freedom Reads, and Michael Braham, a fellow with the YLS Access to Law Program, paralegal, and formerly incarcerated activist for criminal justice reform in Connecticut. The panelists will highlight the problems with advocating for incarceration as a means of redressing harms to animals and discuss what social change lawyersas well as animal advocatescan learn from the interconnections of oppression as they work to achieve liberation for all.  For those wishing to explore Carceral Logics, a full PDF of the volume is available for free here

This event is co-sponsored by the Yale Animal Law Society, Yale Environmental Humanities, the Yale Environmental Law Association, and the Yale Sustainable Food Program.