Mass incarceration contributes significantly to the racial achievement gap

Date: March 15, 2017

EPI is presenting a new report that outlines the connections between mass incarceration and racial achievement gaps. As many as one-in-four African American students has a parent who is or has been incarcerated, and the discriminatory incarceration of African American parents has damaging consequences for children in school. Simply put, our criminal justice system makes a significant contribution to the racial achievement gap in both cognitive and non-cognitive skills.

EPI research associates Leila Morsy and Richard Rothstein will discuss their new work with Glenn Loury of Brown University and Ames Grawert of the Brennan Center. The Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss will moderate the discussion. The panel will take place at the Economic Policy Institute on Wednesday, March 15th at 10:30 a.m. ET.

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When: Wednesday, March 15th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Who:Leila Morsy, EPI research associate and senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales.
Richard Rothstein, EPI research associate and author of the forthcoming book on the history of state-sponsored residential segregation, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.
Glenn Loury, Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences at Brown University
Ames Grawert, Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice
Moderated by Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post

Where: Economic Policy Institute
1225 Eye Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20005

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