Christopher Uggen, Regents Professor and Martindale Chair in Sociology and Law at the University of Minnesota, spoke at this year’s Talarico Lecture. Sponsored by the Criminal Justice Studies Program, the Criminal Justice Society and the Department of Political Science (School of Public and International Affairs) and the Department of Sociology (Franklin College of Arts and Sciences) the lecture honors the service and legacy of Dr. Talarico  among whose many distinctions was serving as the Director of the Criminal Justice Studies Program for 22 years.

Dr. Uggen’s talk of March 15, 2017 addressed the fluidity over time of what is and is not considered criminal and contrasted that to the durability or “stickiness” of labelling. With the proliferation of on-line records and increased ease of access to same such labelling can have long term consequences.