“Promoting Smart Decarceration through Research, Practice, and Policy Partnerships”

The university community is invited to the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences’ upcoming lecture titled “Promoting Smart Decarceration through Research, Practice, and Policy Partnerships.”

This lecture will be held Friday, Sept. 8, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Community Studies Center, Room 108.

“Promote Smart Decarceration” is one of the Grand Challenges for Social Work. It entails the development, implementation and testing of innovations to reduce incarceration rates in ways that are effective, sustainable and socially just. In order for decarceration interventions to have real-world impact, collaborative research, practice and policy partnerships must be forged.

Guest speakers will discuss their current research designed for decarceration outcomes and their work to prepare the profession of social work for decarceration leadership.

The presenters will be:

  • Matthew W. Epperson, associate professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago; and
  • Carrie Pettus-Davis, assistant professor at Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

Epperson and Pettus-Davis are the founding co-directors of the Smart Decarceration Initiative and are the co-leads of the Promoting Smart Decarceration Grand Challenge Network.

This event is free and open to the public.

Complementary lunch will be served.

More information and registration is available online.