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How Mass Incarceration Affects Us All

A Talk by Dr. Heather Ann Thompson

Professor Thompson (African American Studies and History at Temple University) is the leading historian of mass incarceration in the United States. Thompson is writing the first comprehensive history of the Attica Prison Rebellion of 1971 and its legacy (Pantheon Books, forthcoming). Her articles on the sources and consequences of mass incarceration have appeared in the Journal of American History, Labor: Studies in Working-Class Histories of the Americas, Criminology and Public Policy, Dissent, and the New York Times.

Followed by a panel on local and state efforts to address the crisis,featuring Lynn Burke, formerly incarcerated and now an attorney and public defender; Daryl Atkinson, staff attorney at Southern Coalition for Social Justice and co-founder of the North Carolina Second Chance Alliance and; Dennis Gaddy, Executive Director of the Community Success Initiative and Staff Liaison for Prisoner Reentry for the NC NAACP Criminal Justice Committee. Bill Rowe of the North Carolina Justice Center will moderate.

Sponsors: The CLASS Center (Center for the Study of Class, Labor, and Social Sustainability) at Duke, the Justice Policy Working Group of Scholars for a Progressive North Carolina, the Duke Human Rights Center@FHI and the Duke Center for Civic Engagement.


March 25, 2013
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Smith Warehouse, FHI Garage, Bay 4
114 S Buchanan Blvd
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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