Prospects for Large-Scale Criminal Justice System Reform


Friday, February 13, 2015, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Mary Rose Mazzola, MPP ’15 and Pamela Lachman MPP ’16

Lunch will be provided. This week’s student speaker seminar is on criminal justice and policing reform, building on last week’s Forum event with Dean Ellwood and this week’s HKS student-organized Future of Policing series to prepare constructive, tangible solutions to submit to President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The conversation will cover topics ranging from the effects of certified Batterer Intervention Programs on domestic violence recidivism to improving police/community relations, particularly with young people of color. Speakers will explore legislative and structural innovation in the criminal justice system, through the lens of recent reforms in the Commonwealth’s domestic violence programs and court operations. They will also share the ideas and solutions that the Kennedy School community has come up with so far. But what are the prospects for those recommendations?