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Clason Speaker Series at School of Law to Focus on Prison Policy

Posted Monday, February 3, 2014

Western New England University School of Law’s Clason Speaker Series will host a talk by Peter Wagner, Executive Director of the Prison Policy Initiative, on Monday, February 10 at noon in the Blake Law Center Commons. The talk, entitled “Overdosing on prisons: Tackling the side effects of the United States’ globally unprecedented use of the prison,” is free and open to the public.

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Wagner will discuss the hidden costs of mass incarceration for our democracy, our economy, and public safety. A 2003 graduate of the Western New England University School of Law, Wagner co-founded the Prison Policy Initiative in 2001, building an independent study project into a national movement against prison gerrymandering. His efforts have led to new legislation in four states including Maryland, where the law he helped write was affirmed by the United States Supreme Court. Wagner’s work has been featured in hundreds of newspapers nationwide, winning editorial endorsements for criminal justice reform from such publications as The New York Times and the Boston Globe.

Now in its 25th year, the Clason Speaker Series hosts expert lecturers to enhance the academic environment at the Western New England University School of Law and provide a forum for the discussion of important issues facing society. The series is named after Charles R. Clason, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives who served as Dean of the School of Law from 1954 to 1970.

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