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In this episode of the Scarlet Letter, Becky interviews Professor Debra Parkes, the Chair in Feminist Legal Studies at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia.
Professor Parkes’ scholarly work examines the challenges and possibilities of addressing societal injustices through rights claims, with a focus on the criminal justice, corrections, and workplace contexts. The lens she brings to this work is feminist, intersectional, and socio-legal. In this episode, Professors Parkes discusses her interests in the incarceration of women, the limits of prison reform, and the framing and adjudicating of prisoners’ rights claims.