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Dec 12, 2017

Join us to hear Marquette Law Professor Michael O’ Hear, a nationally recognized authority on criminal punishment. Wisconsin’s prison population has been stuck at an historically high level for more than a decade, and now appears poised to reach new highs in the next year or two. Professor O’Hear’s presentation will explore the causes of mass incarceration in Wisconsin and consider whether current imprisonment levels might be reduced without harming public safety. Mass incarceration has been quite costly to Wisconsin in both fiscal and human terms, but several promising policy reforms might be considered to bring down the prison numbers and lessen the burdens on taxpayers and families.