Academy Collaborates with Right on Crime and the Scholars Strategy Network for Criminal Justice Briefing
On September 19, 2016, congressional staffers and think tank researchers attended a Capitol Hill briefing on the effects of incarceration on American families. AAPSS, Right on Crime, and the Scholars Strategy Network hosted the event. The briefing, moderated by NPRs crime and justice reporter Carrie Johnson, focused on the May 2016 ANNALS volume and addressed state and federal programs that are working to reduce the countrys prison population and ease prisoner reentry. The briefing was co-sponsored by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Cornyn, who has been pushing criminal justice reform in the Senate, opened the session, noting that while he is disappointed that we havent seen more movement on reform, he is confident that meaningful federal incarceration reforms will happen.
Volume editors Sara Wakefield of Rutgers and Hedwig Lee of the University of Washington presented, along with Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, director of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), who was also a contributor to the volume.
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