10/25-26: Vera Justice Research Symposium on state and local incarceration

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Date(s) - 10/25/2018 - 10/26/2018
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Huerfano County Correctional Facility, built in 1997 and operated as a private prison by Corrections Corporation of America until closed in 2010 – Photo credit: Jack Norton

A Vera Institute of Justice Research Symposium, October 25 and 26, 2018

The Vera Institute of Justice invites the submission of papers to an interdisciplinary symposium exploring the use of incarceration in the United States.

The unprecedented scale of incarceration in the United States has many political, economic, and social effects. We hope that you will join us for a research symposium that explores changes in the carceral landscape and their impacts on American society.

This inaugural symposium leverages the uniquely detailed historical dataset of incarceration in local jails and state prisons that Vera developed to explore the use of incarceration at the county level.

It is largely county officials—judges, prosecutors, people who manage jails—that decide how communities use incarceration (i.e., who is sent to jail and prison, and for how long). Thus, county-level variability makes for more robust, theoretically-grounded studies of the causes and impacts of high rates of incarceration seen across the United States.

Participants in the symposium will be granted early access to the Vera dataset—which will be published later this year—if they agree not to distribute or publish prior to the symposium. Full terms are in the registration material.

We invite submissions from advanced graduate students, faculty, independent or policy researchers. Papers are asked to engage with the data that is available, but not all papers need to be quantitative or empirical in nature. We welcome submissions from across the social sciences and humanities, economics and data science.

Submissions should include an abstract of 150-500 words and a brief biographical statement and CV. Please submit all materials by May 8, 2018.

We request that submissions be made through email to trends@vera.org. If selected, applicants will be notified by June 5, 2018. Completed papers will be due on September 30, 2018.

To learn more please view: https://github.com/vera-institute/In-Our-Backyards-Symposium.

Transportation to and from the conference, as well as room and board during the conference will be covered for each selected applicant.

If you have questions, please contact Vera at trends@vera.org or Jacob Kang-Brown by mail at 233 Broadway, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10279.

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