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Guy Hamilton-Smith on #metoo and Criminal Justice Policy

Season 1, Ep. 350

In this episode, Guy Hamilton-Smith, Legal Fellow at the Sex Offense Litigation and Policy Resource Center at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, discusses his article "The Agony & the Ecstasy of #MeToo: The Hidden Costs of Reliance on Carceral Politics," which will be published in the Southwestern University Law Review. Hamilton-Smith begins by discussing the origins of the "Me Too" movement and how its premises and goals developed and multiplied as it became #metoo. He reflects on the tension between accountability and punishment, and the different ways those potentially conflicting goals are relevant to both Me Too and the criminal justice system. And he describes how those conflicts manifested themselves in the sexual assault of Emily Doe by Brock Turner, and the recall of Judge Aaron Persky. Hamilton-Smith's writing is available at The Appeal and on SSRN. He is on Twitter at @G_Padraic.

This episode was hosted by Brian L. Frye, Spears-Gilbert Associate Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Frye is on Twitter at @brianlfrye.

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