The Causes of Mass Incarceration: Moving Beyond the Standard Story

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Kerwin Hall, Room 301

3590 Nebraska Avenue Northwest

Washington, DC 20016

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In his 2017 book Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration— and How to Achieve Real Reform, John Pfaff challenges the stardard narrative regarding the causes of mass incarceration in America. Based on years of research on incarceration data, Pfaff argues that prosecutorial discretion rather than sentencing guidelines or drug laws may be the real reason that the United States is now the source of nearly one quarter of the world's prisoners.

John Pfaff is Professor of Law at Fordham University Law School where he teaches criminal law, sentencing law, and law and economics. Before coming to Fordham, he was the John M. Olin Fellow at the Northwestern University School of Law and clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. Prof. Pfaff holds a JD and a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.

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