October 3 – The Carceral State and the Regulation of Motherhood

Priscilla Ocen, Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

Across the country, incarcerated women are separated from their children and subject to pervasive forms of reproductive abuse. Often, the familial separation and reproductive abuse experienced by women prisoners is framed as a “collateral” or “unintended” consequence of women’s imprisonment. Professor Ocen, however, contests this framing, arguing that the regulation of women’s reproductive and familial autonomy is an essential function of women’s prisons in the United States.


Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Location: Room 1314, UCLA School of Law

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