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Incarceration and Inequality

A new Brennan Center report shows how involvement with the criminal justice system depresses individuals’ earnings — a pattern that contributes to racial and economic disparities. A virtual panel will discuss why ending mass incarceration is both a moral and economic imperative.

Past: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 12:00 pm
This is a virtual event
  • Wes Moore
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  • L.B. Eisen
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  • Ames Grawert
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  • Terry-Ann Craigie
  • Nicole Austin-Hillery
Incarceration and Inequality

The United States’ 400-year history of racial injustice contin­ues to produce profound economic inequal­it­ies today. A new Bren­nan Center report shows how involve­ment with the crim­inal justice system lowers indi­vidu­als’ earn­ings — a pattern that contrib­utes to racial and economic dispar­it­ies, and casts doubt on whether second chances are possible for affected indi­vidu­als.

Please join us on Septem­ber 16 for a discus­sion on why ending mass incar­cer­a­tion is both a moral and economic imper­at­ive and a vital step toward clos­ing the racial wealth gap. Experts from the Bren­nan Center’s Justice Program will be joined by Wes Moore, a New York Times best­selling author and the CEO of Robin Hood.

This event is produced in part­ner­ship with Robin HoodNew York University’s John Brademas Center, and NYU Votes.


  • Wes Moore, CEO, Robin Hood
  • L.B. Eisen, Director, Justice Program, Bren­nan Center for Justice
  • Ames Grawert, Senior Coun­sel, John L. Neu Justice Coun­sel, Justice Program, Bren­nan Center for Justice
  • Terry-Ann Craigie, Econom­ics Fellow, Justice Program, Bren­nan Center for Justice
  • Moder­ated by Nicole Austin-Hillery, Exec­ut­ive Director, U.S. Program, Human Rights Watch