The Origins of Mass Incarceration (with Third Circuit Judge Stephanos Bibas, Prof. William Pizzi, and Judge Thomas More Donnelly)

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When Thursday, April 8, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location Virtual
For Public; Faculty; Staff; Students; Alumni

Free and open to the public. This event will be held online through Zoom (registration required) and live-streamed to YouTube. This event is co-sponsored by the Boston College Law School, the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Kolbe House Jail Ministry, the University of Denver College of Law Federalist Society, and the University of Colorado Federalist Society.

American principles of justice and equality lead our culture to value the criminal trial as a fair hearing for the accused and vindication for the victims of crime. But the reality of the U.S. justice system falls far short of this ideal, making criminal trials the rare exception amidst a wave of plea bargains in which the accused plead guilty in favor of lighter sentences.

Join Judge Stephanos Bibas, a judge for the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals and author of The Machinery of Criminal Justice (Oxford University Press, 2015), and University of Colorado Law School Emeritus Professor William Pizzi as they discuss Pizzi's new book, The Supreme Court's Role in Mass Incarceration (Routledge, 2020). Pizzi provocatively argues that the Supreme Court's attempts to expand the rights of defendants in the mid-20th century unexpectedly led to the mass incarceration crisis in the United States today. Their discussion will be moderated by Cook County Judge Tom Donnelly.

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