Nobody Trusts What They Get for Free: Legitimation in the Criminal Legal System

Gillian Slee, Sociology

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 12:00pm
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LEGS, or "Law-Engaged Graduate Students," meets during the academic year to discuss a work in progress by one of our Graduate Associates. Academic papers, dissertation proposals, and dissertation chapters have been presented at these meetings, to an audience of fellow graduate students.

From Gillian:  "Accused persons enter into criminal court facing an adversarial and often brutalizing process that has led many communities and individuals to distrust the state‚Äôs agents. This legitimacy crisis extends even to the court-appointed attorneys meant to serve the interests of indigent accused persons. This early-stage, ethnographic paper documents what actors intentionally do to build legitimacy." 


Gillian Slee

Gillian Slee is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology and Social Policy at Princeton University. She graduated from Harvard College in 2016 with a degree in Social Studies and a minor in Psychology. In 2017, Gillian earned her M.Phil. degree in Criminology at the University of Cambridge where she was a Herchel Smith Harvard Scholar. Her research focuses on urban poverty, criminal justice,  policy, and ethnography. Gillian is a recipient of Princeton's Centennial and Marion J. Levy fellowships.