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U.S. Criminal Justice System

August 27, 2014 @ 5:45 PM - 7:45 PM

U.S. Criminal Justice System

August 27, 2014
The percentage of Americans in prison or jail has grown five-fold in the last forty years and is now the highest in the world. In fact, the United States has 5% of the world’s population, yet 25% of the incarcerated population.  And yet many question whether or not the U.S. is really a safer place to live.
 
A majority of the incarcerated population come from poor, minority communities with little schooling.  Among young black men who have dropped out of high school, 70% have been to prison.  For black men in certain communities, going to prison has become more common than graduating college with a four-year degree. (Source: Prison Studies Project and Bruce Western)
Join us for a conversation about this important American institution — hear the results of decades of research about the U.S. criminal justice system, and explore how it got to be this way. We’ll allow plenty of time for Q&A and discussion so you can develop your thoughts and opinions on the matter.
Overview given by:
Bruce Western
Co-Founder, US Prison Studies Project
Director, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Professor of Sociology, Harvard University
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The Civic Series is a set of regular events, each one intended to breakdown and provide non-partisan, background information on complex global and national issues.  Sessions include topics like Syria, Russia-Ukraine, Israel-Palestine, the state of the American prison system, and others.   Learn more at www.thecivicseries.com .

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Date:
August 27, 2014
Time:
5:45 PM - 7:45 PM
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Workbar Boston
711 Atlantic Ave
Boston,MA02111United States

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