How does incarceration affect families? Can the latest research inform policy?
The extraordinary expansion of the U.S. criminal justice system in recent decades has had profound–and mostly negative–effects on children and families. But it can be difficult to sort out these family effects in ways that give clear direction to policy.
On Sept. 19 at 3 p.m., the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Right on Crime, and the Scholars Strategy Network are hosting a Capitol Hill policy seminar on the effects of over-incarceration and criminal justice contact on the American family. The briefing will capitalize on new research to give policymakers and advocates a clear and succinct understanding of what science tells us about the family effects of parents’ criminal justice involvement, and the most promising state and federal approaches to improving public safety and family health.
Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, will give opening remarks. He will be followed by a panel of scholars moderated by Carrie Johnson, the criminal justice correspondent for National Public Radio. Panelists will include Nancy Rodriguez, director of the National Institute for Justice; Kris Steele, the former speaker of the House for the Oklahoma House of Representatives; Sara Wakefield, associate professor at the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice; Hedwig Lee, associate professor at the University of Washington; and John Gramlich of The Pew Charitable Trusts.
Cornyn and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat of New York, are the Senate co-sponsors of the seminar, which takes place in Room 203-02 of the US Capitol Visitor Center on First Street NE in Washington. While free, registration is requested. To register, click HERE.