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The Origins of Mass Incarceration: The Courts and the 1960s Criminal Procedure Revolution?
A conversation with Judge Stephanos Bibas and Emeritus Professor William Pizzi, moderated by Cook County Judge Tom Donnelly.


American principles of justice and equality lead our culture to value the criminal trial as a fair hearing for the accused and vindication for the victims of crime. But the reality of the U.S. justice system falls far short of this ideal, making criminal trials the rare exception amidst a wave of plea bargains in which the accused plead guilty in favor of lighter sentences.

Join Judge Stephanos Bibas and Emeritus Professor William Pizzi as they discuss Pizzi’s new book, The Supreme Court’s Role in Mass Incarceration (Routledge, 2020), in which he provocatively argues that the Supreme Court’s attempts to expand the rights of defendants in the mid-20th century unexpectedly led to the mass incarceration crisis in the United States today. Their discussion will be moderated by Judge Tom Donnelly.


This event is co-sponsored by Georgetown University Law Center, Notre Dame Law School, Boston College Law School, the University of St. Thomas School of Law, the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago, Catholic Prison Ministry Coalition, Kolbe House Jail Ministry, Seattle University, the Crime and Justice Research Center at Seattle University, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, the Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage, Fordham University School of Law, the Institute on Religion, Law and Lawyer’s Work at Fordham University School of Law, the Center on Race, Law, and Justice at Fordham University School of Law, the University of Denver College of Law Federalist Society, and the University of Colorado Federalist Society.

This event is part of the Catholic Criminal Justice Reform Network, a new initiative of the Lumen Christi Institute.

Apr 8, 2021 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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