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Issues of Criminal Justice: Race- or Poverty-Based?

October 6, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Justice and Inequality Roundtable

The United States criminal justice system has been under severe criticism. The perception that the system is unfair and discriminatory is held by a number of persons.  To what extent does this perception mirror reality?  What is the number of non-whites in the US and MD prison systems?  What disparities in the system can be explained by discrimination based on race? What disparities may be caused by other factors, such as poverty?  At what stages of the criminal justice process are racial, ethnic and economic disparities most apparent?

At the Center for the Study of Democracy’s “Issues of Criminal Justice: Race or Poverty Based?,” The Honorable Peter J. Messitte, Senior United States District Judge for the District of Maryland, will give the keynote address on these issues.  His presentation will be followed by a roundtable discussion with comments by Hon. Paul B. DeWolfe, Jr., Public Defender of the State of Maryland, Baltimore; Hon. James Kenney III, Judge of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals (retired); and Hon. Karen H. Abrams, Administrative Judge of the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County.

The Center for the Study of Democracy, sponsor of the program, will hold an invitation-only reception before the event, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Reconstructed State House of 1776 on the SMCM campus.  Inquiries should be directed to Adrienne Dozier (amdozier@smcm.edu or 240-895-6432).

This free event is open to the public.  It will take place the Auerbach Auditorium located at 47458 Trinity Church Road, St. Mary’s City, MD  20686.


October 6, 2016
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall
St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's City, MD 20686 United States
(240) 895-2000