Beyond Prison: Public Safety Agenda for the 21st Century
Western Oregon University, Voices Set Free and
The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
When: June 24-26 2004
Location: Western Oregon University, Monmouth Oregon
Our society has a stake in the prison industry. Society condones the prison industry not only by paying to maintain it, but paying staggering amounts of money to help it grow. While private correction companies in America profit enormously from the prison industry, the benefits to society are much more difficult to quantify.
It is reasonable to view our time and money as society's investment in the prison industry. As investors, we the American public are entitled to ask what we receive in return. Unfortunately, the answers are less than heartening...
We continue to lose vital social services as the prison industry consumes scarce monetary and spiritual resources Although crime rates are generally stagnant, the prison industry grows and recidivism remains high Crime victims continue to suffer, and convicts continue to languish The greatest paradox of all is that our society's fear of crime grows unabated!
This three-day conference will examine the background and continuing growth of the prison industry, as well as what it costs us in human pain and suffering. Over twenty leading authorities from public and private agencies will bring their expertise and share their unique perspectives on this important subject. Discussions will include a wide range of topics such as: interaction between victims and offenders; judicial decision making; delinquency and juvenile justice; re-entry programs; restorative justice; sentencing trends; transitional housing issues; and the impact of media.
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-- Jennifer Lief
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