The Conversation Project brings Oregonians together to talk—across differences, beliefs, and backgrounds—about important issues and ideas. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare will be hosting a free conversation event:
The Purpose of Prison: What is Punishment for?
with Monica Mueller
February 24, 2017
10 a.m. to Noon
Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare
Lloyd Corporate Plaza - Board Room (847 NE 19th Ave., Suite 100 - Portland, OR 97232)
Light lunch will be served.
The state of Oregon is home to fourteen state prisons and one federal prison, places where people are kept as punishment for crimes. But why do we punish? Why is punishment sometimes sanctioned by the state, as in the case of prisons? How do “youth correctional facilities” differ from prisons both in practice and in purpose? Are there other ways to punish that may be more effective, reasonable, or desirable? Philosopher and writer Monica Mueller facilitates a conversation around these questions and others regarding the motivation, purpose, and methods of punishment.