When: Thursday, May 1, 2014, 1:00 - 4:30 pm EDT
On May 1, The Hamilton Project at Brookings will host a forum and release three new papers focusing on crime and incarceration in the United States. Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin will deliver opening remarks, and Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) will join the forum to discuss the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2014, which was recently passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee with bi-partisan support.
The first panel will discuss a new proposal by Steven Raphael of UC Berkeley and Michael Stoll of UCLA for reducing incarceration rates in the United States through sentencing reform and changes to the financial incentives facing state and local governments. A second panel will discuss a new proposal by Jens Ludwig and Anuj Shah, both of the University of Chicago, outlining a strategy for scaling out an educational program—the so-called “BAM” model —to help disadvantaged youths recognize high-stakes situations in which their automatic responses may lead to trouble.
The panels will feature leading policymakers and practitioners, including Dean Esserman, New Haven chief of police; Elizabeth Glazer, director of the Office of Criminal Justice for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio; Cristine DeBerry, chief of staff for the district attorney for the city and county of San Francisco; and Robert Listenbee, administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for the U.S. Department of Justice. Academic experts Daniel Nagin, professor of public policy and statistics at Carnegie Mellon University and co-editor of Criminology and Public Policy, and Laurence Steinberg, professor of psychology at Temple University and an internationally recognized expert on psychological development during adolescence, will also join the discussion.
For updates on the event, follow @hamiltonproj and join the conversation using #SmartSentencing.