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Solutions for US Criminal Justice Reform

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Panel
Social justice advocates and social entrepreneurs discuss the state of the US criminal justice system, which has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and equitable policies and solutions.
Speakers
Brittany Barnett
Janice Mathis
Louis Reed
Ertharin Cousin
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About this event 

This year, racial tensions have cast renewed attention on the injustice and inequity within US law enforcement processes and our criminal justice system. Despite the United States constituting about 5 percent of the world’s population, we have the highest incarceration rate in the world. While Black and Latino Americans make up 30 percent of the US population, they account for 60 percent of prisoners. The laws that have disenfranchised them are often tied to our country’s history of slavery, reconstruction, and the enduring fight for civil rights and equality. Building upon prior conversations on racism and inequity, join the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and an expert panel to discuss the state of our criminal justice system and equitable policies and solutions. 

Copies of Brittany Barnett’s book, A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom (2020), are available to purchase at the Book Cellar

About the Speakers
Brittany Barnett
Attorney, Social Entrepreneur, and Author
Janice Mathis
Executive Director, National Council Negro Women (NCNW)
Louis Reed
Director of Organizing and Partnerships, #Cut50
Distinguished Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture
Council expert Ertharin Cousin
Ertharin Cousin served as executive director of the UN World Food Programme, where she led the world’s largest humanitarian organization, from 2012 to 2017 prior to joining the Council. She also previously served as US ambassador to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome.
Council expert Ertharin Cousin