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Beyond Bars: Changing the Narrative on Criminal Justice

What threw the topic of over-incarceration in the U.S. into sharp relief wasn't so much the bleak laundry list of statistics that underscored the fact that we lock up more people than the rest of the world—and for longer periods of time. Instead, it was a simple question directed at the audience just prior to the start of the panel discussion "Beyond Bars: Changing the Narrative on Criminal Justice."

"How many of you in this room know someone, someone close to you, who has been in jail or prison?" asked Kate Folb, director of Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S).