Judith Levine and Erica Meiners will write a series of articles that aim to deepen understanding and spur conversation about sex laws, “sex offender” management, and the people they affect.
Levine is an award-winning journalist and author whose work has appeared in local, regional, and national publications, including Harper’s, the New York Times, and Vogue. She is the author of four books, one of which, Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex, won the 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was named by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States as one of history’s most influential books about sexuality. Levine is also a co-founder of the National Writers Union and No More Nice Girls, and has served on the boards of the National Center for Reason and Justice and the Vermont chapter of the ACLU.
Meiners is the Bernard J. Brommel Research Professor at Northeastern Illinois University, where she teaches in the departments of Gender and Women’s Studies, Education, and Justice Studies. She is the author of several books, including Right to Be Hostile: Schools, Prisons and the Making of Public Enemies, and has published and lectured widely on issues related to gender and incarceration, the school-to-prison pipeline, and prison abolition. Meiners is also a co-founder of an alternative high school for formerly incarcerated men and women in Chicago, and is active locally on a range of efforts to challenge the carceral state.