Posted on October 10, 2016, BY Matthew Beltz

Peter Enns, the executive director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research and associate professor in the department of government at Cornell University, will speak about the United States' criminal justice system and incarceration on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Elaine Langone Center Forum. This talk is free and open to the public.

Enns' talk is titled "Incarceration Nation: How the United States Became the Most Punitive Democracy in the World," the same as his book. The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and as more people question the costs of mass incarceration, it is important to understand why this is the case. Enns will explain how standard explanations of the rise fall short and why we must look to the public to understand this phenomenon.

This talk is sponsored by the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy (BIPP) and the political science department, and is part of the BIPP's fall election series — a sequence of evening lectures, Pizza & Policy lunch panels and other opportunities for people to be engaged in the political process.

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