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The American criminal justice system has a growing crisis on its hands: correctional facilities are overcrowded and unprepared to care for the number of prisoners who are elderly or sick.

Continuing the public awareness campaign launched at Fordham in October 2011, the Graduate School of Social Service (GSS) Be the Evidence Project will host a daylong event detailing the crisis.

Aging in the Criminal Justice System: Town Hall Speaker and Professional Training Series
Saturday, Sept. 15
12:30 p.m.
12th Floor Lounge | Lowenstein Center | Lincoln Center Campus
113 West 60th Street, New York, N.Y.

The day will kick off with “At America’s Expense: The Mass Incarceration of the Elderly,” a presentation by William Bunting, Ph.D., a fiscal policy analyst for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and Geoff Schotter, a lawyer and co-author of the ACLU report, “At America’s Expense: The Mass Incarceration of the Elderly.”

Following Bunting and Schotter’s presentation, formerly incarcerated older adults will discuss the challenges of adjusting to society after years of incarceration. “Old After Bars: Older Adults Talk About their Experiences of Re-entry” will begin with panel presentations followed by an open conversation with participants.

The day will conclude with a showing of the film Doctors of the Dark Side, a documentary that details the role psychologists and physicians played in implementing torture in U.S.-controlled military prisons. A panel discussion, which includes film director Martha Davis, will follow the viewing.

For more information and a detailed schedule of the event, contact Samantha Sutfin at or 315-264-2805. To register for any of the events, click here.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,100 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre at Heythrop College in the United Kingdom.

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