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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 in the past 40 years. In response to this crisis, Bennington College will host a two-day conference at the The Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) focused on improving the justice and incarceration system in America. The conference is integrated into CAPA's initiative on incarceration, which includes public lectures, developing curriculum, and opportunities for generating powerful solutions.

Fall 2014 Conference

  • Title | Incarceration in America
  • Dates | October 10–11, 2014
  • Location | Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA), Bennington College
  • Contact | capa@bennington.edu
  • Public is welcome | registration is encouraged by September 19 to reserve a seat in the main conference room; please note that space is limited and seats will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis

Panels

Registration opens at 8:30 am on Friday and Saturday

Friday

  • Juvenile Detention | 10:00 am–noon
  • Keynote Address: Glenn Martin | 1:15–2:00 pm
  • Incarceration, Race, and Class | 2:15–3:45 pm
  • Collateral Consequences | 4:15–5:30 pm

Saturday

  • Incarceration and Public Health | 9:00–10:15 am
  • Alternatives to Incarceration and Re-entry | 10:30–11:45 am
  • A Vision for the Future | 1:00–2:15 pm

Panelists

  • Bart Lubow, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Bernard Kerik, The Kerik Group
  • David Soares, Albany County District Attorney
  • Eric Cadora, Justice Mapping Center
  • Ernest Drucker, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Gabriel Sayegh, Drug Policy Alliance, New York
  • George McDonald, The Doe Fund
  • Glenn Martin, JustLeadershipUSA
  • JoAnne Page, The Fortune Society
  • Jonathan Gradess, New York State Defenders Association
  • Kim Gilhuly, Human Impact Partners
  • Kirk James, The Fortune Society
  • Liz Gaynes, The Osborne Association
  • Marc Levin, Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Marc Mauer, The Sentencing Project
  • Margaret Colgate Love, Lawyer and Author
  • Max Kenner, Bard Prison Initiative
  • Nell Bernstein, Author and Activist
  • Peggy McGarry, Vera Institute of Justice
  • Ravi Ragbir, New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC
  • Rita Zimmer, Housing+Solutions
  • Robert Creamer, Democracy Partners
  • Robert Fullilove, Columbia University
  • Soffiyah Elijah, Correctional Association of New York
  • Todd Clear, Rutgers School of Criminal Justice
  • Vincent Schiraldi, NYC Department of Probation
  • Vivian Nixon, College and Community Fellowship

*subject to change