Anne-Marie Cusac
Author of "Cruel and Unusual: Punishment in America"

Anne-Marie Cusac is the author of Cruel and Unusual: Punishment in America (Yale University Press, 2009).

An Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Cusac is George Polk Award-winning journalist. For ten years, she was an editor and investigative reporter for The Progressive magazine. Cusac won the George Polk Award for her article “Stunning Technology,” an investigation of the use of the stun belt in U.S. prisons. She has won the Project Censored Award three times. She has also been recognized with a second-place John Bartlow Martin Award, and a 2002 Milwaukee Press Club Award for magazine reporting.

Information from Cusac’s investigations of the stun belt and the restraint chair helped to prompt the United Nations Committee Against Torture to call for a ban on the devices.