The Prison Effect: Consequences of Mass Incarceration for the U.S.


IPR Policy Briefing

Supported with funding from the Joyce Foundation

Over the past three decades, the U.S. prison population has skyrocketed. Two million people are currently in prison—six times as many as in 1972. This year alone, more than 600,000 prisoners will be released. The effects of this massive prison population stretch to the very foundations of our communities and society. In this briefing, three experts will present new research findings about the destabilizing effects of America’s prison population and prisoner re-entry on families, work, and political participation.

Panelists and Presentations:

“Prisoner Re-entry: The Problems of Employment”

Devah Pager, Faculty Associate, Office of Population Research; Assistant Professor of Sociology, Princeton University; author of The Mark of a Criminal Record: Race, Crime, and Getting a Job (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming)

“Children with Fathers in Prison and their Transition to Adulthood”

John Hagan, IPR Faculty Associate; John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Law, Northwestern University; co-author of Mean Streets: Youth Crime and Homelessness (Cambridge University Press, 1998)

“The Disenfranchisement and Civic Reintegration of Felons”

Jeff Manza, IPR Acting Director and Faculty Fellow; Associate Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University; co-author of Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy (Oxford University Press, forthcoming Nov. 2005)

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Friday, May 13
12:00-1:30 p.m.

First Amendment Lounge, National Press Club, 13th Floor
529 14th St., NW
Washington, D.C.