Skip to main content

Inviting Papers for a Symposium on Immigration Detention



Law & Society Review Symposium: Facing Immigration Detention
Revised Submission Deadline: February 15, 2020


Immigration detention is one of the most pressing civil and human rights issues of our time that affects millions of migrants around the world. The theme of this special symposium issue, Facing Immigration Detention, is understanding the causes, conditions, and consequences of immigration detention around the world. This Special Issue is dedicated to advancing public knowledge about how immigration detention has expanded, its role in immigration enforcement, its societal impacts, and its intersections with the criminal justice system. The Special Issue seeks to bring together innovative research that will guide the next generation of detention studies and inform policy debates in this area.  


To be considered, the work must engage with theory, offer empirical analysis, and make clear contributions to socio-legal studies. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Causes of Expansion:
            legal and policy changes that expand the number and type of migrants subject to immigration detention.
            role of local governments and the private prison industry in changing the demand for detention bed spaces.
            administrative and judicial decision-making processes that impact the number and type of migrants eligible for release from detention.

Conditions of Confinement:
            treatment of detainees, their lived experiences, and the consequences of confinement conditions.
            experiences of detainee populations that are less visible and less accessible to the public due to their demographic, social, or legal status (examples include non-English and non-Spanish speaking detainees, children, and transgender detainees).  
            backgrounds, trainings, attitudes, and behaviors of correctional staff that shape the conditions of confinement for detainees.  

Consequences of Detention:
            effect of detention on social, economic, and relational well-being outcomes at the family or community level.
            civic and democratic costs of detention, such as the production of delegitimizing beliefs about legal authorities, distrust in government, and cynicism about democratic institutions and the rule of law.
            deterrence effects of detention, such as the use of detention to discourage prospective migrants from attempting to cross the border or to discourage detainees from pursuing legal claims of relief from deportation.


For a recent Annual Review article on the key themes of the symposium, see: http://www.annualreviews.org/eprint/AAHPXJNV63MQBAP4JD4C/full/10.1146/annurev-lawsocsci-101518-042743
Author Guidelines 

Manuscripts submitted to the Law & Society Review must not be under consideration by another publication. All manuscripts should include the following content, easily identifiable as such by readers.

1.           A literature review section that situates the research question in a broader socio-legal literature.
2.           A data and methods section that describes the data used to answer the research question.  
3.           A results section that presents and discusses all research findings. 

Law & Society Review will consider submissions between 8,000 and 16,000 words in length, inclusive of tables, figures, references, notes, abstract and title. The editor reserves the right to reject without review manuscripts that are longer than 16,000 words or shorter than 8,000 words.

Submission Process for the Special Symposium

All manuscripts submitted for the Special Issue will undergo double-blind peer review. To be considered for inclusion in the Special Issue, articles should be submitted by February 15, 2020.

1.           Prepare your article in accordance with Law & Society Review’s Author Guidelines and most recently updated Stylesheet (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/page/journal/15405893/homepage/ForAuthors.html).
2.           Submit your article as regular submission to Law & Society Review through ScholarOne: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/lsr. During the submission process, select the option to indicate that the article is part of a special issue. 
3.           As soon as your article has been submitted through ScholarOne, email the Guest Editor, Emily Ryo (eryo@law.usc.edu) to inform her of your submission. Your email should contain the subject line: “LSR Special Issue Submission.” Indicate in your email the article title, the submission date, and the assigned manuscript number. 

Peer review is a time-consuming process. Very few papers eventually published in the Review are accepted without revision, so authors should expect to engage in revisions in response to reviewer comments. Selected articles that have successfully undergone the peer review process will appear in print between 2020 and 2022.  

Popular posts from this blog

How do text messages complicate contemporary sexual assault adjudication?

By Heather Hlavka and Sameena Mulla 
Department of Social and Cultural Sciences, Marquette University


“There’s no video, no injury. It’s purely one hundred percent ‘he said, she said.’ They had a terrible relationship. They were nasty to each other and they don’t get along well, probably never will. But there is no evidence to support the state’s case, other than their words.” Our article, “’That’s How She Talks’: Animating Text Message Evidence in the Sexual Assault Trial,” begins with these familiar words offered by a defense attorney during a sexual assault trial in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The oft-invoked trope of “he said, she said” in cases of sexual violence suggests that without third-party eye witness testimony or material evidence, sexual assault allegations rest on conflicting reports provided by victims, the accused, and other witnesses. But how do trial attorneys reinvent this trope when the words of the witnesses are preserved as text messages?

Text messages are recorded co…

Submit Your Papers to Law & Society Review!

Rebecca L. Sandefur

 The Law and Society Association and the whole field of law and society research owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Jeannine Bell, Susan Sterett, and Margot Young, for their work as Editors of Law & Society Review.As incoming Editor, I am grateful to them for their stewardship of the journal, their generous support of authors and aspiring authors, and their innovations to the Review, including this blog.
The incoming Editorial Board has begun receiving new manuscripts as they are submitted. Jon Gould, Robert Lawless, Elizabeth Mertz, Jennifer Robbennolt and Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve have generously agreed to serve in this role. Together with participation from the Editorial Advisory Board -- a group deeply appreciated and too numerous to list here -- these scholars’ contributions expand the expertise of the journal’s editorial office across disciplines, methods, theoretical traditions, and regions of the world. Danielle McClellan continues to steady the ship …

What Courts do with Executive Privilege Claims

By Gbemende Johnson, Hamilton College

“Because Congress requires this material in order to perform our constitutionally-mandated responsibilities, I will issue a subpoena for the full report and the underlying materials.” This was the response of House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) after receiving the redacted 448-page Report on the Investigation Into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election.The battle over the Mueller Report is just one example of conflicts between Congress and the executive branch over executive privilege, where agency officials claim they can withhold documents. Many disputes land in federal court. The Obama Administration Department of Justice spent years in court defending its claim of executive privilege over documents related to the ATF’s “Fast and Furious” gunwalking operation. Federal courts have proven less likely to let cabinet level agencies like the Department of Justice withhold documents than they are with independent agencies li…