Sunday, October 8, 2006
The "Punishment: The U.S. Record" conference will take place at The New School for Social Research on November 30 and December 1, 2006. It is the 16th conference in the Social Research conference series, dedicated to enhancing public understanding of pressing social issues. Here is the premise of the Conference:
"We are convening this conference at a time when our nation's prison population has soared by more than 600% since the 1970s, despite a drop in crime rates. As of 2005, over two million people were imprisoned in this country: almost one in every 136 U.S. residents. Black men, who make up 6% of the U.S. population, comprise over 40% of our prison population. A black male born today has a 32% chance of spending time in prison. Eleven states do not allow ex-cons to vote. Nearly 2,800,000
American children have at least one parent in prison or jail.
We ask, what does this mean for our democracy? Where do our concepts of punishment come from? What is the effect on our families, communities and the economy of our staggeringly high incarceration rate?" More Info. . . [Mark Godsey]