Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 9-15-2017

Journal / Book Title

Journal of Offender Rehabilitation


Understandings of punishment within the criminological enterprise have failed to capture the nuances associated with experiencing punishment. Moreover, mainstream academic discourses are inherently anachronistic in their conclusions on punishment, thus leaving significant gaps to be filled. One such gap is that of racialized history. This article attempts to make sense of punishment discourses (past and present) by situating them in their proper context. We argue that punishment, in particular for Blacks, is ideological and longstanding. Moreover, we posit that the prolonged punishment of Blacks is hyper manifested in contemporary society via neoliberal logic that has increasingly disabled race as a central focal point in punishment discourses (in both political and academic contexts). We use established literature to bolster arguments and conclude with suggestions for future research.


DOI: 10.1080/10509674.2017.1363116

Published Citation

Williams, Jason Michael, and Nishaun Tarae Battle. "African Americans and punishment for crime: A critique of mainstream and neoliberal discourses." Journal of Offender Rehabilitation 56, no. 8 (2017): 552-566.