WBEZ Chicago and The Marshall Project Co-Host Discussion on Mass Incarceration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 11, 2017

WBEZ Chicago and The Marshall Project Co-Host Discussion on Mass Incarceration

Panel Features Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx,
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Keller

The United States imprisons more people than any other nation, accounting for one out of every four people incarcerated around the globe. While there is a growing consensus that such widespread incarceration has gone too far, there is less agreement on where to look for solutions. Some point to the role of local prosecutors and their tremendous discretionary power, which permits local prosecutors to favor felony convictions with longer sentences, offer punitive plea bargains and ultimately overpower public defenders in resources and influence. What role have prosecutors played in the era of mass incarceration? And what role should they play in a reformed system?

WHAT: To further explore this topic, WBEZ Chicago will host a panel conversation called “Mass Incarceration: The Role of the Prosecutor” in partnership with The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization focused on the U.S. criminal justice system.

WHO: Discussion will be led by Robert Wildeboer, Senior Editor of WBEZ’s criminal justice desk, and will include: Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, Illinois Justice Project Program Director Sharone Mitchell, and Editor-in-Chief of The Marshall Project Bill Keller. Foxx will offer her insights and ideas on the role of prosecutors in driving mass incarceration and the necessary reforms.

WHERE: Jones College Prep
               700 South State Street
               Chicago, IL 60605

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 12  6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

The event is now sold out, but limited tickets are available for the media. If you are interested in attending, please respond as soon as possible. For more information, visit wbez.org/events.

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