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.
Reiter, K. (forthcoming in 2016). Prisons within Prisons: The Hidden Hell of the American Supermax. (New Haven: Yale University Press).
Reiter, K. & A. Koenig, eds. (2015). Extreme Punishment: Comparative Studies in Detention, Incarceration and Solitary Confinement. (New York: Palgrave MacMillan). [Available in July 2015 here.]
Articles & Book Chapters
Reiter, K (2015). "Supermax Administration and the Eighth Amendment: Discretion, Deference, and Double-Bunking, 1986-2010," University of California Irvine Law Review, Vol. 5.1: 89-152.
Reiter, K (2014). "The Supermax Prison: A Blunt Means of Control, or a Subtle Form of Violence?" Radical Philosophy Review, Vol. 17.2: 457-75. [Please e-mail author if you would like a pdf of this article.]
Reiter, K (2014). "The Pelican Bay Hunger Strike: Resistance within the Structural Constraints of a U.S. Supermax Prison," South Atlantic Quarterly, Vol. 113.3: 579-611. [Please e-mail author if you would like a pdf of this article.]
Reiter, K (2014). "Making Windows in Walls: Strategies for Prison Research,” Qualitative Inquiry, Vol. 20.4: 417-28 (April). [Please e-mail author if you would like a pdf of this article.]
Reiterk, K (2014). “Punitive Contrasts: United States vs. Denmark – A Socio-Legal Comparison of Two Prison Systems,” in The Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Annual: Global Perspectives, Larry Sullivan, ed., Vol 6/1 (Brooklyn, NY: AMS Press, Inc.): 139-76 .
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.]
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).
Reviews & Testimonies
Reiter, K., Selbin, J. & Hersh, E. (2014). "Op-Ed: Should a shoplifting conviction be an indelible scarlet letter? Not in California." Los Angeles Times, Dec. 29: A-13.
Reiter, K (2014). "Spirituality in Dark Places: The Ethics of Solitary Confinement" (Review of book by Derek Jeffreys), Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books (Sept.).
Reiter, K (2013). "Watching Herman's House." PBS: Documentaries with a Point of View, Jul. 8.
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).