The United States is the most incarcerated society in the Western world – while Americans make up 5% of the world’s total population, they now make up a quarter of the world’s prison population. This method of over-incarcerating is ineffective and lends itself to recidivism: 40% of federal prisoners and more than 60% of state prisoners end up back in the criminal justice system within just three years after release. What can be done to improve the situation?
Join The Constitution Project Right-Left Criminal Justice Working Group for a discussion on new and existing legislative vehicles to reduce incarceration rates and broaden the opportunity for ex-offenders to reintegrate into society through improved reentry programs and reductions of collateral consequences.
The Right-Left Criminal Justice Working Group is made up of thought leaders from both sides of the aisle who are united in seeking a common goal: advancing meaningful criminal justice reform. Drawing on deep knowledge from its diverse and experienced membership, the group takes a holistic approach to reform, focusing on all aspects of our criminal justice system, including sentencing, prisons, prisoner reentry, mental health and forensics.
The briefing is presented by The Constitution Project.
David Keene, Opinion Editor, The Washington Times
Piper Kerman, advocate and author of the memoir, Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Woman's Prison
Pat Nolan, Director, Center for Criminal Justice Reform, the American Conservative Union Foundation
Van Jones, President, Dream Corps Unlimited and CNN Contributor
Mark Holden, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Koch Industries, Inc.
Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sen. Al Franken (D-MN)
Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL)
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The event is free to the public
The Kennedy Caucus Room
325 Russell Senate Office Building