Mass Incarceration, Racial Equity and Crack Cocaine

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
William & Mary Law School
615 South Henry Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Former federal prosecutor Mark Osler will speak about an issue that has recently drawn increased scrutiny in the United States: mass incarceration. He will specifically focus on the impact of drug policy on incarceration rates. Osler’s position on drug policy has changed dramatically from his time at law school, where he avidly supported mandatory minimums for drug sentencing, to his present scholastic work on drug policy reform. Growing up in Detroit, Osler witnessed the deleterious impact of drugs on the community; he went back after law school specifically to address this problem. He believes we need to start by getting people out of prison, and he encourages the President to use his pardoning power toward this end.