The Growing Stickiness of Criminal Labels

Criminology today offers compelling evidence that the distinction between “criminal” and “noncriminal” is largely a matter of time. Yet media and policy discussions of crime are still rooted in the notion of criminality as an immutable individual characteristic. Dr. Christopher Uggen, an internationally renowned sociologist and criminologist, contrasts the fluidity in criminal behavior with the growing stickiness of public labels, drawing from an experimental study of low-level criminal records, demographic analysis of the population bearing such records, and the spillover effects on health care and other institutions.


  • Format: Video
  • Length: 01:29:06
  • Release Date: April 7, 2016
  • Presenter: Dr. Christopher Uggen

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