New immigration book includes chapter by ASU law professor

Professor Carissa Byrne Hessick is a contributor to the new book, "Arizona Firestorm: Global Immigration Realities, National Media, and Provincial Politics."

From the points of view of experts across the political spectrum, the book examines and contextualizes the political, economic, historical and legal issues prompted by SB 1070, Arizona’s controversial immigration-enforcement law, and by other legislation and state actions.

"Arizona Firestorm" was co-edited by Otto Santa Ana, an associate professor in Chicana & Chicano Studies at UCLA, and Celeste González de Bustamante, an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Arizona. It was published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

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Hessick teaches Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, and Federal Crimes. Her research focuses on aggravation and mitigation in criminal sentencing, the criminalization and punishment associated with child pornography, and other political and doctrinal issues associated with sentencing. She recently published an article in the California Law Review on the constitutionality of common sentencing factors. She has also published articles on whether military service and other good works ought to be treated as mitigating sentencing factors and on the severity of sentences associated with the possession of child pornography.