Beyond Mass Incarceration: How Best to Reform American Criminal Justice
June 07, 2018
Violent crime rate in the United States is relatively similar to where it was in 1970--with the number of incidents per 100,000 people at 386.3 in 2016(1) and 363.5 in 1970(2). The percentage of Americans incarcerated for crime, however, has skyrocketed, with the United States now dubiously leading the world in both the percentage of our people and absolute numbers of people behind bars.
Especially during the spike in crime during the crack epidemic of the late-1980s and early-1990s, there was a strong bipartisan consensus around tough punishment policies. Today there seems to be a growing consensus that mass incarceration has not reduced crime, but has instead led to social and economic problems. These problems have, in turn, made it extremely difficult for people who have come under the authority of the criminal justice system to ever live law-abiding and productive lives.
What are the best alternatives to incarceration? How can the United States reform its criminal justice system in ways beneficial to the full diversity of our people?
To consider these questions, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia will gather a wide ranging and distinguished panel of thought leaders active on these issues.
The importance of this discussion will be underscored by our venue, the historic Eastern State Penitentiary – the world’s first “modern” prison and its most copied.
This discussion will be filmed for the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia’s national public television series, The Whole Truth with David Eisenhower.
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