SOLD OUT: 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.

(1) FBI - 2016
(2) US Department of Justice - 1970


Panelists include:
Keir Bradford-Grey, Chief Defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia
Jeffrey Brown, founder, President and CEO of Brown’s Superstores Inc., and founder of UpLift Solutions
Paul Butler, The Albert Brick Professor in Law, Georgetown University
Mark Holden, Senior Vice President, general counsel and corporate secretary of Koch Industries, Inc. and President and COO of the Legal Division of Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC
• Mr. Robert Listenbee, First Assistant District Attorney, Philadelphia District Attorney's Office


Not a member of the World Affairs Council?  Call Margaret Keenan at 215-561-4700 ext. 222 to take advantage of Membership for discounted tickets to programs.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 - Evening

Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130

5:30 p.m. Registration opens
6 p.m. Program and filming
7 p.m. Audience Q&A
7:30 p.m. Reception opens and guests are welcome to view the Prisons Today exhibit
8:30 p.m. Conclusion


Young Friends Members and Students
• Program, reception, and exhibit:  $5

Members of the Council and Eastern State
• Program, reception, and exhibit: $15

General Public
• Program, reception, and exhibit: $25

Limited Availability Free Seats: $0
• Obstructed View seats (approximately 30 available)
• Remote View seats (approximately 40 availabile)

To register using your company's corporate membership benefits, please call Margaret Keenan, Director of Development & Membership, at 215-561-4700 ext. 222.

For the accommodation of special needs during events (e.g. hearing/vision impairments, dietary restrictions, wheelchair accessibility), please call Hayley Boyle at 215-561-4700 ext. 227 or Kristi Scogna ext. 235.


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