Keramet Reiter

Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law & Society and Law
Ph.D., J.D., University of California, Berkeley; M.A., John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)
(949) 824-9201
3373 SEII



prisons, legal history, criminal justice policy, criminal and civil rights law, law and society

Keramet Reiter studies prisons, prisoners' rights, and the impact of prison and punishment policy on individuals, communities, and legal systems.  She uses a variety of methods in her work -- including interviewing, archival and legal analysis, and quantitative data analysis -- in order to understand both the history and impact of criminal justice policies, from medical experimentation on prisoners and record clearing programs to the use of long-term solitary confinement in the United States.

Selected Publications:

Reiter, K (2014). "Making Windows in Walls: Strategies for Prison Research,” Qualitative Inquiry, Vol. 20.4: 417-28 (April 2014). [Please e-mail author if you would like a pdf of this article.]

Reiter, K (2013). "From the Hyper-local to the Supra-global: Review of the Globalization of Supermax Prisons" (Jeffrey Ian Ross, ed.), Crime, Law and Social Change, Vol. 60.4 (Nov.).

Reiter, K (2013). "Watching Herman's House." PBS: Documentaries with a Point of View, Jul. 8.

Reiter, K. (2013). “The Origins of and Need to Control Supermax Prisons.” California Journal of Politics and Policy, Vol. 5.2: 146-167. [Please e-mail author if you would like a pdf of this article.]

Reiter, K. (2012). “Parole, Snitch, or Die: California’s Supermax Prisons and Prisoners, 1987-2007.Punishment & Society, Vol. 14.5: 530-63. [Please e-mail author if you would like a pdf of this article.]

Reiter, K. (2012). “The Most Restrictive Alternative: A Litigation History of Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons, 1960-2006.” Studies in Law, Politics and Society, Vol. 57: 69-123. [Please e-mail author if you would like a pdf of this article.]

Reiter, K. (2012). “Statement before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, June 15, 2012,” Hearing on Solitary Confinement (Jun. 19).

Obasogie, O. & Reiter, K. (2011). “Prisoners as Human Subjects: Putting the Ethical Question in Context.” Bioethics, Vol. 25.1: 55-56.

Reiter, K. (2009). “Experimentation on Prisoners: Persistent Dilemmas in Rights and Regulations.” California Law Review, Vol. 97.2: 501-566.

Reiter, K. & Fellner, J. (2006). Cruel and Degrading: The Use of Dogs for Cell Extractions in U.S. Prisons (A Human Rights Watch Report).