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Reimagining Prison: Young Adults and Justice Reform

Monday, March 13, 2017
7:30pm – 9:00pm

Storrs Campus
Dodd Center, Konover Auditorium

The often quoted statistic is that the prison population in the United States now includes about two million people, and has a disproportionate number of people of color and those in poverty. Young adults, ages 18-24 make up 21% of the prison population, despite being only 10% of the U.S. population. How did we get here and where are we heading as a country? Recently, Connecticut embarked on an effort to reform the criminal justice system in regards to young adults. Join the Leadership Legacy Experience for a discussion on prison reform with Alex Frank, Senior Program Associate for Youth Justice at the Vera Institute of Justice. What is the condition of youth incarceration in the United States, how is it connected to race and poverty, and what policies and programs are helping or hurting? With increased political efforts to reduce the prison population by eliminating mandatory minimums, bail reform, or raising the age, there is an opportunity for a productive conversation on mass incarceration and the impact on youth, poverty, race, and social institutions in the United States.

Admission to this event is free. All members of the community are welcome to attend.


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