Crime, Justice and the Economic Crisis

Crime, Justice and the Economic Crisis Like New York, most states face deepening budget gaps and are slashing education and human services. Nationwide, states pour $50 billion a year into incarceration. New York led the way in expanding its prison system more than 25 years ago; should it lead the way in the other direction today? Will the federal government take a new approach to criminal justice in an Obama administration? And with at least 25,000 ex-offenders returning home each year from NY state prisons, what kind of support can communities expect?

With: Robert Gangi, Executive Director, Correctional Association of NY Glenn Martin, V.P. of Development and Public Affairs, The Fortune Society Marc Mauer, Executive Director, The Sentencing Project Denise O’Donnell, Commissioner, NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services Anne Swern, First Assistant District Attorney, Kings County

Moderator: Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor, The Nation