Estimates show that if not for the rise in incarceration in the U.S., the number of people in poverty would fall by as much as 20 percent. On May 18th, the Mailman School’s National Center for Children in Povertydirector Renée Wilson-Simmons will lead a discussion with Bryan Stevenson on his memoir about the injustices of the criminal justice system. Stevenson has been representing capital defendants and death row prisoners in the South since 1985 when he founded and became executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit that litigates on behalf of condemned prisoners, juvenile offenders, and people wrongly convicted and charged and denied effective representation.
During the hour-long session, participants will hear from Stevenson about why he wrote the book, lessons learned, and what those committed to justice can do to help, as well as learn about the National Center for Children in Poverty’s work to promote the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s poor and low-income children and families.
A new poverty-focused book of interest to a broad range of people committed to understanding income inequality is discussed every other month.
Register here for the NCCP Online Book Club Discussion-Webinar