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The Changing Political and Intellectual Landscape of Criminal Justice Reform

Oct 27|11:00am - 12:30pm
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The law, politics, and scholarship of criminal justice reform have been shifting in potentially momentous ways. After decades of increasingly punitive policies across the country which resulted in surging incarceration rates, the last several years have seen an increasingly bipartisan shift toward a critique of what has come to be called mass incarceration. Yet, the recent presidential election signals a shift in federal priorities away from a reform agenda, a development that may (or may not) have consequences for the recent trajectory in favor of reform by many state and local actors. This interactive discussion explores these crosscurrents in the law, policy, and discourse surrounding our criminal justice system.

Andrew Crespo '08 Assistant Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Brook Hopkins '07 Executive Director, Criminal Justice Policy Program, Harvard Law School
Alex Whiting Professor of Practice, Harvard Law School
Alan Jenkins '89 Executive Director, The Opportunity Agenda
Derecka Purnell '17 Skadden Fellow, The Advancement Project
Jonathan Wroblewski Director, Office of Policy and Legislation, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice