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Dignity v Rights: Exploring the Practical Effects of Constitutional Principles in US and German Prisons
Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmDonations welcome.
This presentation addresses “how we do prisons” in the US and Germany and the Constitutional backdrop that informs practices, architecture, and policy—what we very generally would call “prison conditions.” As the nation with the highest incarceration rate in the world the US is “exceptional” in its use and abuse of incarceration as punishment. Michigan incarcerates more than 58,000 individuals, only 10,000 fewer than the entire country of Germany (68,000 in a population of 80 million). What accounts for this difference historically? What can we learn from it as we seek to change our practices?
Conversation about how and why we use prisons to punish and what advocacy/resistance strategies and state-based reforms are in motion in the current moment.