Lauren-Brooke Eisen: Inside Private Prisons
The Torch Club, 18 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10003
6:00 p.m. - Check-in + reception with hors d'oeuvres
6:30 p.m. - Program
7:45 p.m. - Book signing
Fact: More than 100,000 individuals in the US are held in private prisons and private immigration detention centers. These institutions are criticized for making money off mass incarceration―$5 billion every year―and have become a focus of the anti-mass incarceration movement. The Department of Justice under President Obama attempted to cut off private prisons, while DOJ under Trump has embraced these institutions.
Few journalists or scholars have seen these prisons firsthand―until now. Join Lauren-Brooke Eisen―senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice―for the launch of her new book, Inside Private Prisons, as she reflects on her unprecedented access to our nation’s private penal system and what she’s uncovered about these corporate prisons. She will be joined by criminal justice journalist Eli Hager from The Marshall Project, investigate journalist Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Khalil Cumberbatch from The Fortune Society, and NPR correspondent Ailsa Chang.
Lauren-Brooke Eisen, author, Inside Private Prisons; senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice
Eli Hager, staff writer, The Marshall Project
Eric Schlosser, investigative journalist; author, Fast Food Nation and Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety
Khalil A. Cumberbatch, Associate Vice President of Policy, The Fortune Society
Ailsa Chang, NPR investigative reporter and Planet Money correspondent (moderator)