[EVENT | December 10] How Should We Reform Criminal Justice?

[EVENT | December 10] How Should We Reform Criminal Justice?

Michael Javen Fortner and Marie Gottschalk debate criminal justice reform, Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at CUNY’s Murphy Institute.

The idea that we need to reform this country’s criminal justice system is finally gaining bipartisan support in Washington, thanks in part to social movements like Black Lives Matter. But even if we agree that something must be done, we sharply disagree—even on the left—about what reform should look like. At what point must we examine the structural causes of crime? Can we reduce the number of prisoners without first addressing poverty?

In our Fall issue, Michael Javen Fortner and Marie Gottschalk outline opposing visions of how we created mass incarceration, and how we should think about ending it.  Join the two scholars on December 10, 6:30pm at the Murphy Institute where they will continue the debate. The discussion will be moderated by Jeffrey Fagan, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School.

Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
The Murphy Institute
25 W 43rd Street, 18th Floor,  New York, NY 10036

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Michael J. FortnerMichael Javen Fortner is Academic Director of Urban Studies at Murphy Institute and author of Black Silent Majority: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment. Marie GottschalkMarie Gottschalk is Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, author of Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics, and member of the New Labor Forum editorial board.