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Professor and Noted Criminologist Todd Clear Will Examine ‘Ending Mass Incarceration’

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SAVE THE DATE: Nov. 11 Legislative Open House at Rutgers University-Newark

Reflecting its anchor institution mission to engage cross-sector partners in addressing great challenges of our time, Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N) will host its first Legislative Open House on Nov. 11 from 8 – 10 a.m., in the Center for Law and Justice, Baker Trial Moot Courtroom, 123 Washington St., Newark.  The program is free and open to the public.

“Public Safety Innovation 2015-Ending Mass Incarceration” will feature the research of Dr. Todd Clear, an internationally renowned criminologist and RU-N professor, former dean and former provost.  The RU-N program is in partnership with U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr., N.J. Sen. Ronald L. Rice and N.J. Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter, who also will give remarks at the event.  Rutgers Law School Dean Ron Chen will moderate.

The open house is designed to foster interactions between RU-N faculty and elected officials who have recognized interests in the selected topics. Those who attend the open house will be able to meet with a small circle of publicly engaged scholars who are experts in the topic area. Tours of the university will be available after the talk.

An advocate of effectiveness-based policy, Clear's research interests also include community justice, correctional classification, intermediate sanctions, and sentencing policy. He is the recipient of many awards, including those of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, The Rockefeller School of Public Policy, the American Probation and Parole Association, the American Correctional Association, and the International Community Corrections Association. In May 2011, Clear was elected Fellow of the American Society of Criminology.

Clear has served as president of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice. The author or co-author of 12 books, including Imprisoning Communities: How Mass Incarceration Makes Disadvantaged Neighborhoods Worse (Oxford University Press, 2007) and Community Justice (Wadsworth Press, 2003), Clear also is the founding editor of the journal Criminology & Public Policy.  A video of his talk, “The Great American Incarceration Experiment: What Has It Cost Us,” is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7ijTxPJwBg

The program is free and open to the public but advance registration is required by Nov. 2, at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11EWPEU3KhdXgrZp2ATI2OOdq4-Gg85vTAPsIys7Gx8E/viewform?c=0&w=1

Members of the media are welcome, and photography and videotaping are allowed.  Media contact: Carla Capizzi, capizzi@rutgers.edu, 973/353-5263.