September 25, 2019, 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm
A conversation featuring Emily Bazelon, author of Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration, with Khalil Cumberbatch, Chief Strategist at New Yorkers United for Justice, and Matt Epperson, Associate Professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.
The Smart Decarceration Project at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration is bridging research and practice to reduce the over reliance on incarceration while addressing the racial and behavioral health disparities in the criminal justice system. Generating real-world evidence in close collaboration with local and national stakeholders, the Smart Decarceration Project seeks to reduce the use of incarceration by developing interventions that deliver tangible impact, informing the next generation of criminal justice policies and programs, and spearheading a cross-sector movement sustained by transdisciplinary dialogue.
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Mass incarceration is unprecedented
At year-end 2016, nearly
people were incarcerated in jails and prisons in the US.
The US accounts for 4%
of the world’s population, but
over 20% of the world’s prisoners.
Mass Incarceration has
African Americans make up
33% of US prisoners,
12% of the US population.
Rates of substance abuse and mental illness
are 3-7 times higher
in prisons and jails.
Mass Incarceration is
75% of prisoners
are rearrested within 5 years.
Annual cost to maintain