Sharon Dolovich

Sharon Dolovich

Professor of Law
Faculty Director, UCLA Prison Law & Policy Program
B.A. Queen's University
Ph.D. Cambridge University
J.D. Harvard Law School
UCLA Faculty Since 2000


The New Criminal Justice Thinking (edited by Sharon Dolovich & Alexandra Natapoff). NYU Press (2017).

Articles and Chapters

Evading the Eighth Amendment: Prison Conditions and the Courts, in The Eighth Amendment and Its Future in a New Age of Punishment (edited by Meghan J. Ryan & William W. Berry III, Cambridge University Press, 2020). Full Text
Mass Incarceration, Meet COVID-19, University of Chicago Law Review Online (2020). SSRN | Full Text
Prison Conditions, in Vol. 4 Reforming Criminal Justice: Punishment, Incarceration, and Release 261 (edited by Erik Luna, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, 2017). SSRN | Full Text
Canons of Evasion in Criminal Constitutional Law, in The New Criminal Justice Thinking (edited by Sharon Dolovich & Alexandra Natapoff, NYU Press, 2017).
Introduction: Mapping the New Criminal Justice Thinking (with Alexandra Natapoff), in The New Criminal Justice Thinking (edited by Sharon Dolovich & Alexandra Natapoff, NYU Press, 2017).
Two Models of the Prison: Accidental Humanity and Hypermasculinity in the L.A. County Jail, 102 Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 965 (2012). SSRN | Full Text
Teaching Prison Law, 62 Journal of Legal Education 218 (2012). SSRN | Full Text
Creating the Permanent Prisoner, in Life Without Parole: America's New Death Penalty? (edited by Charles Ogletree and Austin Sarat, NYU Press, 2012). SSRN | Full Text
Forms of Deference in Prison Law, 24 Federal Sentencing Reporter 245 (2012). SSRN | Full Text
Exclusion and Control in the Carceral State, 16 Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law 259 (2011). SSRN | Full Text
Strategic Segregation in the Modern Prison, 48 American Criminal Law Review 1 (2011). SSRN | EScholarship
Incarceration American-Style, 3 Harvard Law And Policy Review 237 (2009). SSRN | Full Text
Cruelty, Prison Conditions and the Eighth Amendment, 84 New York University Law Review 881 (2009). SSRN | Full Text
How Privatization Thinks: The Case of Prisons, in Government by Contract: Outsourcing and American Democracy 128 (edited by Jody Freeman and Martha Minow, Harvard University Press, 2009). Full Text
State Punishment and Private Prisons, 55 Duke Law Journal 439 (2005). Full Text
Legitimate Punishment in Liberal Democracy, 7 Buffalo Criminal Law Review 307 (2004). SSRN | Full Text
Idealism, Disproportionality, and Democracy: A Reply to Chambers and Garvey, 7 Buffalo Criminal Law Review 479 (2004). Full Text
Ethical Lawyering and the Possibility of Integrity, 70 Fordham Law Review 1629 (2002). SSRN | Full Text
Note: Making Docile Lawyers: An Essay on the Pacification of Law Students, 111 Harvard Law Review 2027 (1998). Full Text
Book Review, Leaving the Law Behind, 20 Harvard Women’s Law Journal 313-31 (1997). Reviewing The Rooster’s Egg: On the Persistence of Prejudice, by Patricia Williams. Full Text
Case Comment: Qualified Immunity – Privatized Governmental Functions: Richardson v. McKnight, 117 S. Ct.2100, 111 Harvard Law Review 390 (1997). Full Text
Recent Legislation: Welfare Reform – Punishment of Drug Offenders – Congress Denies Cash Assistance and Food Stamps to Drug Felons: Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, Public Law No. 104-193 § 115 (to be codified at 42 U.S.C. §862A), 110 Harvard Law Review 983 (1997). Full Text


Constitution 2020: Prison Conditions and the Eighth Amendment, (September 29, 2010). Blog post on Balkinization, leading blog on constitutional law.
Book Review, Balancing the Scales of Justice, Los Angeles Times Book Review (October 12, 2003). Reviewing Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer’s Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty, by Scott Turow.
Even the Worst Thug is Human, Your Honor, Los Angeles Times (July 7, 2002).
In Memoriam: David Charny, 17 Harvard Blackletter Law Journal 7-11 (2001).
Invasion of SWAT Teams Leaves Trauma and Death, Los Angeles Times (September 22, 2000).
Saying No to the War on Drugs, Harvard Law Record (April 19, 1996).
Beyond Liberal v. Conservative, Harvard Law Record (March 1, 1996).
Looking Back, Thinking Ahead, Globe & Mail (June 10, 1995). Dispatch from Hong Kong.
Where Ghosts Walk the Streets, Globe & Mail (May 16, 1992). Dispatch from Czechoslovakia.
Learning a Bitter Lesson, Globe & Mail (Sep. 21, 1991). Dispatch from the West Bank.