A talk by Dr. Heather Ann Thompson to be followed by a panel on local and state efforts to address the crisis.
Professor Thompson (African American Studies and History at Temple University) is the leading historian of mass incarceration in the United States. Thompson is writing the first comprehensive history of the Attica Prison Rebellion of 1971 and its legacy (Pantheon Books, forthcoming). Her articles on the sources and consequences of mass incarceration have appeared in the Journal of American History, Labor: Studies in Working-Class Histories of the Americas, Criminology and Public Policy, Dissent, and the New York Times.
The panel includes: Lynn Burke, formerly incarcerated and now an attorney; Daryl Atkinson, staff attorney at Southern Coalition for Social Justice and co-founder of the North Carolina Second Chance Alliance and; Dennis Gaddy, Executive Director of the Community Success Initiative and Criminal Justice Committee Chair for the NC NAACP. Bill Rowe of the North Carolina Justice Center will moderate.