The Challenges of Mass Incarceration
Stated Meeting, Stanford, CA
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Saturday, September 17, 2009
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.
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
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.