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Welcome to the Symposium on Mass Incarceration, Communities and Families!

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The United States incarcerates more people, and at the highest rate, than anywhere else in the world. The phenomenon of rapid and widespread imprisonment that goes well beyond the historical or comparative norm is referred to as “mass incarceration.” Ultimately, the effects of mass incarceration are felt very close to home—not only by the incarcerated, but by their family members and within communities that are particularly hard hit.

This symposium represents a transdisciplinary and inclusive effort to highlight the scope, impact, and response to widespread imprisonment in Virginia. Panelists consist of community leaders, social justice activists, justice-involved persons, and scholars from the Virginia Tech community as well as other Virginia universities. It is our hope that the day will spark future collaborative work, resource sharing, and the development of innovative responses aimed at addressing mass incarceration and the needs of families and communities.

The Symposium on Mass Incarceration, Communities and Families will be held virtually in light of precautions relating to COVID-19. Mark your calendars for this virtual event!

April 16, 2021 - 8:30AM-4:30PM

Joyce A. Arditti, Ph.D. Symposium Organizer and Professor of Human Development and Family Science

April L. Few-Demo, Ph.D. Professor and Department Head, Human Development and Family Science

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Thank you to our sponsors!

For information about this program contact: Joyce A. Arditti

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