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The Challenges of Mass Incarceration in America

New York, NY
Thursday, August 19, 2010

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Introduction: Leslie Berlowitz (5 min.) is Chief Executive Officer and the William T. Golden Chair at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an independent policy research institute and one of the nation’s oldest learned societies. She is responsible for the intellectual vision and day-to-day management of the Academy and oversees its five research areas: science and technology policy; global security; social policy and American institutions; the humanities and culture; and education. Before joining the Academy in 1996, Berlowitz was Vice President for Academic Advancement at New York University. She is the coeditor of several books and journals, including Reflecting on the Humanities, Daedalus (with Patricia Meyer Spacks, MIT Press, 2009), and Restoring Trust in American Business (with Jay W. Lorsch and Andy Zelleke, MIT Press, 2005). She was elected a Fellow of the American Academyof Arts and Sciences in 2004. Audio | Video (4 min.)
Speakers: Bruce Western (9 min.) is Professor of Sociology at Harvard University and Director of the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. His recent work has focused on the link between social inequality and the growth of the prison and jail population in the United States. He is the author of two books, Between Class and Market: Postwar Unionization in the Capitalist Democracies (Princeton University Press, 1997), and Punishment and Inequality in America (Russell Sage Foundation, 2006). Western was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007 and is codirector of the Academy’s project on The Challenges of Mass Incarceration in America. Audio | Video (9 min.)
Glenn C. Loury (15 min.) is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University. He is coeditor of Ethnicity, Social Mobility, and Public Policy: Comparing the U.S. and UK (with Tariq Modood and Steven Teles, Cambridge University Press, 2005) and author of The Anatomy of Racial Inequality (Harvard University Press, 2002) and One by One, From the Inside Out: Essays and Reviews on Race and Responsibility in America (Free Press, 1995). He was elected Vice President of the American Economics Association in 1997. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2000, he is codirector of the Academy’s project on The Challenges of Mass Incarceration in America. Audio | Video (15 min.)
Dora Schriro (13 min.), the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction, is a nationally recognized innovator in reentry, and the only person in the nation to have led two state and two city correctional systems. She has served as Special Advisor to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Detention and Removal, and Director of the Office of Detention Policy and Planning for the Department. Previously, she served for six years as the Director of the Arizona Department of Corrections and, from 1993 to 2001, as Director of the Missouri Department of Corrections. In 1999, Schiro received the Michael Francke Award, recognizing her as the top correctional administrator in the United States. She is also the recipient of the 2006 National Governors Association Distinguished Service to State Government Award. Audio | Video (13 min.)

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