PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Local and national experts, policy professionals, and activists will come together for a panel discussion titled “A Carceral Society: Mass Incarceration and the Crisis of American Democracy,” hosted by Brown University. The event, free and open to the public, will take place Monday, April 15, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in List Art Building, Room 120, 64 College St.
The discussion will focus on America’s growing prison population and what it means for a democratic society. Corey D.B. Walker, chair of the Department of Africana Studies, will moderate the discussion. This event is sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies, Third World Center, Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Amnesty International Group 49 of Providence, and the Brown chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
• Corey D.B. Walker, chair of the Department of Africana Studies, will moderate the discussion
• Brad Brockman, executive director of the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights at Brown
• Lawyer Johnson, exonerated after spending 10 years in prison
• Glenn Loury, Brown University professor of economics and noted scholar on prisons and American democracy
• John Prince, organizer for the Behind the Walls Committee at Providence’s Direct Action for Rights and Equality
• Wayne Smith, veteran and noted human rights advocate
• Tryon Woods, professor of criminal justice, University of Massachusetts
• Julia Jordan-Zachary, associate professor of political science, Providence College
• A.T. Wall, director of the State of Rhode Island Department of Corrections
• Diann Rust-Tierney, executive director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
The discussion will focus on America’s growing prison population and what it means for a democratic society. Panelists will touch on the complex interrelationship between America’s democratic culture and ethos and the factors that have led to past and present trends in the country’s prison system.
List Art Building, Room 120, 64 College St.
Monday, April 15, 2013, at 6:30 p.m.