Premal Dharia presents "Dismantling Mass Incarceration: A Handbook for Change" in conversation w/Renée Hutchins

Premal Dharia presents "Dismantling Mass Incarceration: A Handbook for Change" in conversation w/Renée Hutchins

Thursday, September 12th 2024
7:00 pm
Red Emma's
A vital reader on ending mass incarceration featuring advocates, experts, and formerly incarcerated people.

In recent years, a searching national conversation has called attention to the social and racial injustices that define America’s criminal system. But despite growing movements for change, the vast machinery of the carceral state remains very much intact. How can its damage and depredations be undone?

In this pathbreaking reader, three of the nation’s leading advocates—Premal Dharia, James Forman Jr., and Maria Hawilo—provide us with tools to move from despair and critique to hope and action. Dismantling Mass Incarceration surveys various approaches to confronting the carceral state, exploring bold but practical interventions involving police, prosecutors, public defenders, judges, prisons, and even life after prison. Rather than prescribing solutions, the book offers a forum for discussions—and disagreements—about how to best confront the harms of mass incarceration. The contributors range from noted figures such as Angela Y. Davis, Clint Smith, and Larry Krasner to local organizers, advocates, scholars, lawyers, and judges, as well as people who have been incarcerated. The result is an invaluable guide for anyone who wishes to understand mass incarceration—and hasten its end.

PREMAL DHARIA is the executive director of the Institute to End Mass Incarceration at Harvard Law School and is coeditor in chief of Inquest. She has written for The Washington Post, CNN, Slate and other publications.

RENÉE MCDONALD HUTCHINS is dean and a professor of law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (Maryland Carey Law). Dean Hutchins is widely recognized as a leading expert on the Fourth Amendment and criminal appellate practice. She has authored or co-authored three textbooks and was a contributor to the popular press book Policing the Black Man.

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