May 2017

Keramet Reiter, assistant professor of criminology, law and society, has been awarded the American Society of Criminology's prestigious Ruth Cavan Young Scholar Award, a major recognition of her work. The award highlights outstanding scholarly contributions to the discipline of criminology by a scholar who has received his or her degree within the past five years.

Reiter studies studies prisons, prisoners’ rights, and the impact of prison and punishment policy on individuals, communities, and legal systems. She recently published the book "23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement," which documents the rise of modern solitary confinement, the conditions in maximum security prisons like Pelican Bay in California, and the effects of isolation on the human psyche.

In receiving the award, Reiter joins Social Ecology professors Charis Kubrin and John Hipp, who won it in previous years.