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2016, 4/21, 6pm-7:30pm, Mass Incarceration in America: Who's Locked Up and Why

posted Apr 6, 2016, 11:13 PM by Jaime Alvarado   [ updated Apr 6, 2016, 11:15 PM ]

Mass Incarceration in America: Who's Locked Up and Why

Thursday, April 21, 2016

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Alverno College Sister Joel Read Center, Bucyrus Conference Center

3400 S. 43rd St., Milwaukee


The United State imprisons more people than any other country in the world.  Over the past 40 years, our nationwide crime rate has sometimes risen and sometimes declined but is now lower than it was in 1976. In contrast, the number of people incarcerated in America has increased dramatically, from fewer than 500,000 to more than two million today. The number of prisoners nationwide has finally stabilized in the past few years, yet the current Wisconsin budget plans for continuing expansion of the state’s prison system.  The dramatic rise in the U.S. prison-industrial complex is explained in many ways: the ongoing “war on drugs;” prisoners mean profits for the increasingly privatized institutions; politicians benefit from a “tough on crime” platform; and, institutionalized racism.  Mass incarceration is often referred to as “the new Jim Crow,” as many perceive it to be the latest systemic effort to control black lives since slavery and segregation.


Come join us for a stimulating discussion on the effects of mass incarceration on America’s criminal justice system and society in general.  Who is locked up, and why?  What are the repercussions for individuals, families, communities and our democracy?  What alternatives are being explored, particularly for nonviolent offenders?



  • Emilio DeTorre, Youth and Programs Director, ACLU
  • Ron Johnson, Director of the Dane County Restorative Justice Program
  • Peg Rauschenberger, Interim Dean of the Alverno College School of Nursing
  • Val Taylor, Retired State Public Defender

Moderated by Russell Brooker, Political Science Professor, Alverno College

The Alverno Forum series is free and open to the public please register below.