Research Mentor(s): Nora Krinitsky, Lecturer I
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Residential College, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 2 (11am – 11:50am)
Breakout Room: Room 4
“Documenting Criminalization and Confinement” is a project housed within the “University of Michigan Carceral State Project” and is focused on creating a comprehensive database containing different elements and evidence from within incarceration facilities and the lives of incarcerated individuals. The intent of the project is to create a space for academic researchers, legal teams, incarcerated individuals, and activists to find and utilize different sources of information about incarceration. The research for this project includes data processing and translating each research object into a line of metadata. Each object is analyzed and interpreted in terms of title, type, creator, date, source, subject, language, rights, description, and spatial coverage. All these different lenses will help future database users to quickly and easily find what they are looking for within the system. This project will help the larger process of decriminalization and hopefully will be able to spread correct and meaningful answers and information about the current state of incarceration and the criminal justice system in the United States today. Those who are currently incarcerated and those who are victims of a poorly created and maintained system will benefit from the increased exposure of the current prison conditions and the negative environment created by the criminal justice system in the United States. The increasing accessibility to the knowledge of the topic will hopefully inspire and inform many.