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Big Data May Amplify Existing Police Surveillance Practices

With access to more personal data than ever before, police have the power to solve crimes more quickly. But, in practice, the influx of information tends to amplify existing practices. The big data landscape is changing quickly. Can our political and social systems and regulationsĀ keep up?

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Socius Special Issue Call for Papers

Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World invites papers for a special issue on gender in the 2016 elections. We invite contributions on all topics relevant to gender and politics. Potential topics could include (but are not limited to): gender and the executive; women, social policy, and state legislative elections; intersectionality and the media; gender and public opinion; and women in changing political institutions. Informative papers on trends or cross-national comparisons are welcome as long as they are framed in relation to the 2016 U.S. election.

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New in the ASA Rose Series in Sociology: A Pound of Flesh

Over seven million Americans are either incarcerated, on probation, or on parole, with their criminal records often following them for life and affecting access to higher education, jobs, and housing. Court-ordered monetary sanctions that compel criminal defendants to pay fines, fees, surcharges, and restitution further inhibit their ability to reenter society. In A Pound of Flesh, sociologist Alexes Harris analyzes the rise of monetary sanctions in the criminal justice system and shows how they permanently penalize and marginalize the poor.

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