Incarceration in New England

February 1, 2008

Thursday, Jan. 31, editor and author, Russ Immariegon, spoke to a large crowd in the Chapel Art Center. The lecture was just one of many as “The Incarceration Epidemic: Justice for Whom?” series is now in full swing.

Immarigeon’s lecture, entitled “Challenging the Overuse of Incarceration in New England” discussed the characteristics of prisons and incarceration throughout the six New England states. Although Immarigeon says that all the states differ, he stresses that often the socio-economic characteristics are similar and fairly predictable, as are the issues which tend to be mental health, poverty, housing and education, and trauma.

It seemed Immarigeon’s reoccurring question of “why are these women in prison” echoed throughout his lecture, highlighting that the New England states have more women in the system than they need. His opinion clearly lay in finding other options for incarceration such as jail diversion programs.

The speaker’s history in research and his current position as an informed editor placed him in a unique situation to offer an informed opinion of what the general public can do to help New Hampshire’s criminal justice system.

A nationally known expert on issues related to women and girls in the criminal justice system, Immarigeon is also the editor of Women, Girls, and Criminal Justice. He has served as a policy analyst for such groups as the Massachusetts Council for Public Justice, the Maine Council of Churches, and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.


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