2009 Governmental Research Association Annual Policy Conference

Date: July 26, 2009 - July 29, 2009

The Brookings Institution
1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW

Washington, DC 20036


The 2009 Governmental Research Association Annual Policy Conference will be held July 26-29, 2009, at the Brookings Institution conference center in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C.  This year’s conference will draw from the tremendous knowledge and talent available in Washington, including presenters from government, think tanks, and associations, focusing on the economy, healthcare, criminal justice, infrastructure, the 2010 Census, and more.

Session 2: Corrections & Public Safety, 10:45-Noon, Monday, July 27
The United States has the highest incarceration rate of all advanced economies. The 1980s and 1990s were a period of rapid expansion of prisons at all levels of government. Besides being costly, a “just lock ‘em up” policy has been massively disruptive to families and communities and may have increased crime, not reduced it. Panelists will explore the reasons behind and consequences of public decisions to incarcerate so many individuals and examine alternatives to control growth in corrections populations and spending.

Craig Thiel, Citizens Research Council of Michigan
Don Pryor, Center for Governmental Research
Adam Gelb, The Pew Center on the States

For more information, visit the Governmental Research Association Web site.

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