Why Mass Incarceration Matters to our Cities, Economy, and Democracy


Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 4:10pm to 5:30pm


Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

The Ash Center cordially invites you to a discussion with Heather Ann Thompson, Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan Elizabeth Hinton, Assistant Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University; and Phillip Goff, Visiting Scholar, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy entitled: "Why mass incarceration matters to our cities, economy and democracy” as part of the Ash Center's Race and American Politics Seminar Series.  This discussion will be moderated by HKS Assistant Professor of Public Policy Leah Wright Rigueur

Americans increasingly seem to agree that we face a serious crisis in our nation's criminal justice system today. Even politicians and policy makers have begun to consider that we have far too many people imprisoned in the U.S., that those with records face far too many barriers to reenter society, that we deteriorating police-community relations, and that we have too long treated social ills like addiction through practices of punishment. Please join us as we discuss how we got into this crisis, explore unappreciated reasons why we must undo it, and examine various possibilities and obstacles to reform. 

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Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy

Hutchins Center for African & African American Research