The LBJ School of Public Affairs’ Prison and Jail Innovation Lab recently hosted a symposium that brought together the country’s leading experts on prison and jail conditions to reflect on some of the most critical and challenging issues in the field. Participants discussed what can be done to address the seemingly intractable conditions in certain correctional systems, and debated whether meaningful reform of America’s prisons and jails is truly possible. The Justice Center, a cosponsor of the conference, hosted the two-day event at the Law School. In making welcoming remarks, Law School Dean Bobby Chesney reflected on Judge William Wayne Justice’s long-running case involving prison conditions in Texas.
For more information about the conference and links to audio recordings, visit Cruel and Not Unusual: Can America’s Prisons and Jails Change, and, If So, How?