Events Archive

October 23, 2007
Speakers Series
Prisoners of Isolation: The Psychological and Legal Implications of 'Supermax' Confinement

Speaker: Professor Craig William Haney, University of California, Santa Cruz
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Wynne Courtroom
Contact: Contact Shaun Ingram for more information: (317) 278-4789 or

Craig William Haney"Prisoners of Isolation: The Psychological and Legal Implications of 'Supermax' Confinement"

Professor Craig William Haney
University of California, Santa Cruz
5:00 pm lecture, Wynne Courtroom
6:00 pm reception, Conour Atrium

This event is free and open to the public.

Craig Haney’s research concerns the application of social psychological principles and data to various legal and civil rights issues. He has specialized in the assessment of institutional environments, especially the psychological effects of incarceration, as well as the study of the social histories of persons accused or convicted of serious violent crimes. He has also studied the way in which attitudes and beliefs about crime and punishment are changed by legal procedures, as well as the role such attitudes and beliefs play in influencing legal fairness and impartiality.

Haney and his students are currently involved in a wide range of research projects including examining criminogenic social histories, the psychological effects of different forms of incarceration, the role of pre-trial publicity in creating juror prejudice and prejudgment, and the structure of criminal justice attitudes and the mechanisms that underlie discriminatory legal decision making.

Professor Haney received his B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and later earned an M.A., J.D. and Ph.D. from Stanford. He is a recipient of the Herbert Jacobs Prize for Most Outstanding Book published on law and society in 2005 for Death by Design, and has been nominated for a National Book Award for Reforming Punishment.