Economically and socially the numbers are overwhelming and unsustainable: 2.3 million people housed in U.S. prisons, two-thirds of them addicts, well over half African American or Latino. Recidivism is 60 percent in the state of California, and 75 percent in some areas. The taxpayer burden for this system is staggering -- $80 billion a year nationwide, with the per-inmate price tag, at $60,000 a year in California and $167,000 in New York City, exceeding what most Americans earn. Our panelists -- including a top prosecutor, a media activist, a Hollywood producer turned advocate and a political candidate with firsthand prison experience -- discuss options for a more humane and economically sensible system. They will review prison reform efforts, legislation and inmate education and incentives. They will also discuss community policing efforts aimed at reducing crime, the Affordable Care Act's drug and mental health provisions for risk populations and more.
Director and Co-Founder, Three Strikes Project, Stanford Law School
Film Producer; Founder, The Anti-Recidivism Coalition
Co-Founder and President, Rebuild the Dream; Former Special Advisor to The White House
CEO, PWC Development; Founding Member, Anti-Recidivism Coalition