Imperfect Victims: A Conversation

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Imperfect Victims: A Conversation

Leigh Goodmark and Dr. Jill McCorkel will talk about criminalized survivors and abolition feminism.

By A Novel Idea on Passyunk

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Starts on Thursday, March 30 · 6pm EDT


A Novel Idea on Passyunk 1726 East Passyunk Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19148

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Survivors of gender-based violence are punished by the criminal legal system every day. Leigh Goodmark, author of Imperfect Victims: Criminalized Survivors and the Promise of Abolition Feminism and Jill McCorkel, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Justice Project for Women and Girls, will talk about how their clients are arrested, prosecuted, convicted, and incarcerated for crimes related to their own victimization, how abolition feminism can prevent that punishment, and how local communities can get involved in the work.

Thursday, May 30th 6pm at A Novel Idea on Passyunk

*Masks optional!

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About the Authors

Leigh Goodmark (she/hers) is the Marjorie Cook Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Frances King Carey School of Law. Professor Goodmark co-directs the ClinicalLaw Program, teaches Family Law, Gender and the Law, and Gender Violence and the Law, and directs the Gender Violence Clinic. Professor Goodmark’s scholarship focuses on intimate partner violence. She is the author of Imperfect Victims: CriminalizedSurvivors and the Promise of Abolition Feminism (University of California Press 2023); Decriminalizing Domestic Violence: A Balanced Policy Approach toIntimate Partner Violence (University of California Press 2018) and A Troubled Marriage: Domestic Violence and the Legal System (New York University 2012), which was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title of2012. She is the co-editor of Comparative Perspectives on Gender Violence: Lessons from Efforts Worldwide (Oxford 2015). Professor Goodmark’s work on intimate partner violence has also appeared in numerous journals, law reviews, and publications, including Violence Against Women, the New York Times, the Harvard Civil Rights-CivilLiberties Law Review, the Harvard Journal on Gender and the Law, and the YaleJournal on Law and Feminism. From 2003 to 2014, Professor Goodmark was on the faculty at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she served as Director of Clinical Education and Co-director of the Center on Applied Feminism. From 2000 to 2003, Professor Goodmark was the Director of the Children and Domestic Violence Project at the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. Before joining the Center on Children and the Law, Professor Goodmarkrepresented clients in the District of Columbia in custody, visitation, child support, restraining order, and other civil matters. Professor Goodmark is a graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School.

Dr. McCorkel is Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Villanova University. She holds faculty affiliations in Africana Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Irish Studies. Dr. McCorkel’s research investigates the social and political consequences of mass incarceration in the United States. She focuses primarily on how law and systems of punishment perpetuate race, class, and gender inequality. Her critically acclaimed first book, BreakingWomen: Gender, Race, and the New Politics of Imprisonment (New York University Press, 2013), explores the impact of the War on Drugs and punitive crime policies on incarcerated women. The book was a finalist for the prestigious C. Wright Mills Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Her research appears in leading scientific journals and has been featured in a variety of news outlets including Boston Globe, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Public Radio International. She received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology Division of Women and Crime for her ethnographic research in women’s prisons as well as VillanovaUniversity’s Mid-Career Scholar Award. She is currently writing a second book that examines why both mainstream and progressive efforts to reform the criminal legal system have largely failed incarcerated and system-impacted women. Dr.McCorkel serves on the editorial boards of Punishment & Society and Journal of Higher Education in Prison.

Throughout her academic career, Dr. McCorkel has provided pro bono assistance to incarcerated women and men on petitions for commutation and parole, and has offered research and expert testimony in criminal and civil cases and appellate matters. In 2020, Dr. McCorkel founded the Philadelphia Justice Project for Women and Girls, a non-profit research and advocacy organization dedicated to ending mass incarceration and gender violence. The organization provides:1) direct assistance to incarcerated women and girls fighting wrongful convictions and unjust sentences, 2) policy-relevant research on gender & mass incarceration that centers the voices of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and girls, and 3) training and educational programming for legal professionals, students, and system-impacted communities.

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