Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform

(Basic Books, 2017)

Book Forum
April 26, 2017
4:00PM to 5:30PM
2017-04-26 16:00:00 2017-04-26 17:30:00 America/New_York Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform There is a growing consensus that America imprisons too many people.  Americans constitute 5 percent of the world’s population and yet we hold nearly one quarter of its prisoners. In his new book, Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform, law professor John Pfaff argues that the War on Drugs and other federal policies receive outsized attention in the popular movements for criminal justice reform while local institutional actors go virtually unmentioned. According to Pfaff, the charging decisions of local prosecutors have been a key driver of prison growth since the early 1990s. Please join us for a lively discussion about police, prosecutors, sentencing, and our burgeoning prison population. .live-online-now-video {max-width: 639px;} .live-online-now-text {margin-top: 16px;} .streaming-event .live-online-now-video, .streaming-event .live-online-now-text {display: none;} If you can't make it to the event, you can watch it live online at www.cato.org/live and join the conversation on Twitter using #CatoLockedIn. Follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates, live streams, and videos from the Cato Institute. - https://www.cato.org/events/locked-true-causes-mass-incarceration-how-achieve-real-reform Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute
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Featuring the author John F. Pfaff, Professor of Law, Fordham Law School; with comments by Jeffrey Miron, Director of Economic Studies, Cato Institute; moderated by Jonathan Blanks, Research Associate, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute.

There is a growing consensus that America imprisons too many people.  Americans constitute 5 percent of the world’s population and yet we hold nearly one quarter of its prisoners. In his new book, Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform, law professor John Pfaff argues that the War on Drugs and other federal policies receive outsized attention in the popular movements for criminal justice reform while local institutional actors go virtually unmentioned. According to Pfaff, the charging decisions of local prosecutors have been a key driver of prison growth since the early 1990s. Please join us for a lively discussion about police, prosecutors, sentencing, and our burgeoning prison population.

If you can’t make it to the event, you can watch it live online at www.cato.org/live and join the conversation on Twitter using #CatoLockedIn. Follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates, live streams, and videos from the Cato Institute.

 
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