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Shaun Ossei-Owusu

Dr. Shaun Ossei-Owusu is the Doheney Postdoctoral Fellow at the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West and USC Libraries at the University of Southern California. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley in 2014. He also received his graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. He is currently working on book manuscript on the historical development of legal aid institutions and a project on public health in post-1970 South Los Angeles. The National Science Foundation and the American Bar Foundation have funded his scholarly research and his writings have appeared in Salon, Huffington Post, The Root, and Jacobin.

Prison Cell

The Return of Debtors’ Prisons

New lawsuits allege that court officials are jailing people who fall behind on payment of court fees and fines, leading to a resurgence of debtors' prisons.