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Mass Incarceration: North Carolina Perspectives
October 1, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm$15
CAUSES and CONSEQUENCES OF MASS INCACERATION: WHAT SOLUTIONS EXIST FOR NORTH CAROLINA?
With a total of over 6.89 million people in jails, prisons, and under other forms of correctional control, the United States has the most comprehensive system of mass incarceration in the world. Both nationwide and in North Carolina, this phenomenon of mass incarceration is characterized by extreme racial disparities. For example, the ratio of African Americans to whites in North Carolina prisons is 5.4 to 1. Researchers have not concluded that mass incarceration has made our society safer.
This symposium will address the factors that have made it possible for America to become a carceral state with such racially disproportionate outcomes, provide a forum for discussing reforms that have begun to address this issue, and inspire the legal community to take action. We intend for this day to lead to the establishment of a North Carolina coalition that promotes reducing mass incarceration and its devastating impact on individuals, families, communities, and our democracy.
Heather Ann Thompson, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Nicole Porter, The Sentencing Project
Joe Cheshire, Cheshire Parker Schneider & Bryan Lawyers
Factors Contributing to Mass Incarceration: The Drug War, School-to-Prison Pipeline, & Discriminatory Policing
Daryl Atkinson, Southern Coalition for Social Justice
Tamar Birckhead, University of North Carolina School of Law
The Economics of Mass Incarceration: Modern Day Debtor’s Prisons, The True Cost of Money Bail, & Are Prisons Worth It? A Cost Benefit Analysis
Cynthia E. Jones, American University Washington College of Law
David E. Clark, Greensboro Public Defender’s Office
Jerry Madden, Senior Fellow, Right on Crime
Strategies to Dismantle Mass Incarceration
Will Harrell, ACLU’s Campaign to End Mass Incarceration’s Southern Regional Policy Counsel
Joe Kennedy, University of North Carolina School of Law
The event will also feature Dasan Ahanu, local poet, emcee, writer, playwright, performance artist, lecturer, and educator.
$15 Registration Fee
Lunch will be included
Sponsors of this event:
ACLU of North Carolina ♦ NC Advocates for Justice ♦ NC Public Defender Association ♦ Southern Coalition for Social Justice ♦ Tin, Walker, Fulton, & Owen