Join Pulitzer Center grantee Lauren-Brooke Eisen on Wednesday, May 22 2019, at Busboys and Poets 14th and V in Washington, D.C. for a conversation about her book, Inside Private Prisons: An American Dilemma in the Age of Mass Incarceration.
In the 1980s, as state prisons overcrowded, private companies began to build and operate for-profit correctional facilities. Today, more than 100,000 of the 1.5 million incarcerated Americans are held in private prisons in 29 states and federal corrections. Private prisons in the United States incarcerated 128,063 people in 2016. Since 2000, the number of people housed in private prisons has increased 47 percent.
In Inside Private Prisons, Eisen visited divestment campaigns, boardrooms, and private immigration-detention centers across the Southwest, examining private prisons through the stories of inmates and their families, policymakers, correctional staff, Immigration and Enforcement employees, undocumented immigrants, activists, and executives of America's private prison corporations. Through exploring multiple and complex viewpoints in her book, Eisen asks: if private prisons are here to stay how can we, as policymakers and citizens, work to fix them?
Eisen is senior fellow at the Brennan Center's Justice Program, where she focuses on changing financial incentives in the criminal justice system. Previously she was a senior program associate at the Vera Institute of Justice in the Center on Sentencing and Corrections, served as an assistant district attorney in New York City, and taught criminal justice at Yale College and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
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