|The United States boasts the highest rate of incarceration in the world. Currently, there are more than 2.3 million Americans behind bars. According to the most recent Pew Research fig-ures, 1 in 87 working-aged white men is in prison or jail, compared to 1 in 36 Hispanic men and 1 in 12 African American men.|
Just what are the causes of such glaring differences in patterns of incarceration rates for African and Latino Americans?
Is it a biased and discriminatory legal system? Are such disparities the product of extreme and draconian drug enforcement policies?
Or, is it the result of what some have called the evolving Prison Industrial Complex, whereby the prison system has become so commercialized and profitable that its demand for prisoners has created an environment in which labor supply can be easily provided?
These issues and more will be addressed in the Urban Learning Center of the Robert J. Terry Library’s upcoming conference, “Incarceration Patterns of African and Latino America,” Fri-day, April 15 and Saturday, April 16, 2011, featuring community specialists, organizations and TSU scholars. The conference begins at 11:30am on Friday at the Texas Southern University Museum and followed by a noon luncheon open to the public, featuring keynote speaker Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, who came to national prominence due to his intense review of Dallas County convictions and his determination to ensure that the innocent are not wrongly imprisoned. Call the RJTL Urban Learning Center at 713-313-1081 or email RJTLUrbanLearning@gmail.com for more information.
WHAT: “Incarceration Patterns of African and Latino America”
WHEN: Friday, April 15, 2011 from 11:30am-5:00pm
Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 9:00am-5:00pm
WHERE: Texas Southern University Museum
CONTACT: RJTLUrbanLearning@gmail.com or call 713-313-1081
Sponsored by the Urban Learning Center, the Robert J. Terry Library and the Brown Foundation