Origins & Alternatives of Criminal Justice
In July 2017, the Center partnered with America's Future Foundation for a public event exploring issues related to drug policy, policing, and mass incarceration.
Throughout the morning, participants gained a better appreciation for how and why government policies have evolved over time. Additionally, they considered a variety of viable, more just alternatives to the status quo.
Our two speakers were Adam Bates, a policy analyst at the Cato Institute, who gave a talk on 'The Violence Inherent in Drug Prohibition' and Dr. Chris Surprenant, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Orleans, who gave a talk on 'The Ethics of Punishment: Mass Incarceration and Its Alternatives.'
The talk concluded with a lively discussion about the root causes of high rates of violent crime and how to have productive conversations with people who hold radically different perspectives. After that, everyone spent some time getting to know each other over lunch and exchanging information about the various groups and causes they were affiliated with.
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