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Solitary confinement & mass incarceration: Public health consequences

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1/20/2014 —

Solitary Confinement & Mass Incarceration: The Public Health Consequences of the Prison State presented by Bret Grote on Thursday, January 30, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm Ostermayer Room, SCC

With more than 2.4 million people in U.S. jails and prisons, more than 7 million in prison or on probation or parole, and more than 80,000 in solitary confinement, the prison state has profound and often invisible public health consequences. This talk will explore the scope of mass incarceration from an international human rights framework, focusing on the growth of solitary confinement and its abuse in Pennsylvania, and the public health consequences posed by these related phenomena, both of which threaten people who experience them with social, psychological, and legal disabilities that may last a lifetime. Bret Grote is an attorney with the Abolitionist Law Center, a public interest law firm dedicated to abolishing race- and class-based mass incarceration. He graduated from Pitt Law school, and was recognized as the school’s Distinguished Public Interest Scholar in 2013.

Co-Sponsored by Teaching International and Greener Allegheny at PSUGA

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