rachel barkow

Latham & Watkins Forum -- Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration

March 6, 2019

For legal expert Rachel Barkow, America’s criminal justice policy reflects irrational fears promoted by politicians in order to win elections. In her newest book, Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration, Barkow looks at the extensive societal damage wrought by such a policy – and argues for an institutional shift toward data and expertise, with prescriptions rooted in a thorough and refreshingly ideology-free cost–benefit analysis of how to cut mass incarceration while maintaining public safety.

The Intercept’s Shaun King and New York University School of Law Professor of Practice Anne Milgram will join Barkow to discuss American pathologies surrounding the politics of crime. King is a prominent civil rights activist who has written extensively about Black Lives Matter, police misconduct and the power of progressive prosecutors. Milgram, who served as attorney general of New Jersey from 2007 to 2010, is building a criminal justice innovation lab at NYU School of Law, dedicated to using data and technology to transform the American criminal justice system.

Rachel Barkow, Vice Dean and Segal Family Professor of Regulatory Law and Policy; Faculty Director, Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, NYU School of Law
Shaun King, Columnist for the Intercept and the Appeal; Co-Founder, The North Star and Real Justice Political Action Committee
Anne Milgram, ’96, Professor of Practice and Executive Director, Criminal Justice Lab, NYU School of Law; New Jersey Attorney General, 2007-2010


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