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The Challenges of Mass Incarceration

Stated Meeting, Stanford, CA
Saturday, September 17, 2009

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Welcome: Larry Kramer (6 min.) joined Stanford Law School in 2004 as Richard E. Lang Professor and Dean. He also has appointments (by courtesy) with the Stanford University Department of History and with the Graduate School of Business. Kramer has written and taught in such varied fields as conflict of laws, civil procedure, federalism and its history, and, most recently, the role of courts in society. Before joining the Stanford faculty, Kramer served as Associate Dean for Research and Academics and Russell D. Niles Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. Early in his career, Kramer clerked for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Presenters: Nicola Lacey (9 min.) is Professor of Criminal Law and Legal Theory at the London School of Economics. She has been a member of the Global Law School Faculty at New York University. Her research interests include the comparative political economy of crime and punishment and the development of ideas of responsibility for crime from the early 18th Century. She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2001 and was awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship.
Glenn Loury (7 min.) is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University. As a University Professor at Boston University, he founded and directed the Institute on Race and Social Division. Loury studies affirmative action, identity, racial stigma, racial justice, and wage inequality. He was elected Vice President of the American Economics Association in 1997. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Loury is co-director of the Academy’s project on The Challenges of Mass Incarceration in America.
Joan Petersilia (7 min.), a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, is faculty co-director for the Stanford Criminal Justice Center. Before joining Stanford, Petersilia was a professor of Criminology, Law and Society in the School of Social Ecology and Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Corrections at the University of California, Irvine. She also previously served as a special advisor to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, helping to reorganize juvenile and adult corrections and working with the California Legislature to implement prison and parole reform. She recently chaired Governor Schwarzenegger’s Rehabilitation Strike Team and was also co-chair of California’s expert panel on offender programs.
Robert Weisberg (11 min.), the Edwin E. Huddleson, Jr. Professor of Law, teaches criminal law and criminal procedure at Stanford. He founded and now serves as Director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, which promotes and coordinates research and public policy programs on criminal law and the criminal justice system, including institutional examination of the police and correctional systems. Weisberg has served as consulting attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the California Appellate Project, where he worked on death penalty litigation in the state and federal courts.
Bruce Western (9 min.) is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Previously, he was Professor of Sociology at Princeton University, where he continues to serve as a Faculty Associate in the Office of Population Research. Western’s recent work has focused on the role of incarceration in social and economic inequality in American society. While at Princeton, he was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2005, and a Jean Monnet Fellow with the European University Institute between 1995 and 1996. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Western is co-director of the Academy’s project on The Challenges of Mass Incarceration in America.

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