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The United States has the highest documented rate of incarceration in the world, a rate that has increased by 500 percent over the past 40 years. In response to this crisis, Bennington College launched the Incarceration in America initiative. This growing initiative includes curriculum, visiting speakers, theatrical events, think tanks, and retreats to develop public policy and political action in the post-tough-on-crime era. 

Fall 2015 Forum

  • Title | Incarceration in America Forum
  • Dates | October 3, 2015
  • Location | Bennington College, CAPA Symposium
  • Registration | Free and open to the public, but space is limited, so please register online by September 25
  • Contact | capa@bennington.edu

Bennington continues this initiative with a convening of experts and providers of services to two under-served incarcerated populations: women and aging prisoners.

Panels and Keynote Address

  • Women in Prison | 10:00 am
  • Lunch | noon
  • Keynote: Dr. Marie Gottschalk | 1:30 pm
  • The Aging Incarcerated Population | 2:30 pm

Marie Gottschalk is professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing on criminal justice, health policy, race, the development of the welfare state, and business-labor relations. A former editor and journalist, she was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Causes and Consequences of High Rates of Incarceration. Her latest book is Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics (Princeton University Press, 2015).


See past events: Effecting Change Conference (May 15–16, 2015); Think Tank on Education in Prisons (April 11, 2015); The Castle Performance (March 17, 2015); Incarceration in America Conference (October 10–11, 2014); 40 Years Later (April 17, 2014).