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SP2 Penn Top 10 Talk: A Speaker Series on Social Impact – Mass Incarceration

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Authored by: Jessica Bautista

Faculty & Research


On April 20 from 12:30 to 2 p.m., the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) and the University Club at Penn will convene a panel of researchers and practitioners to examine mass incarceration and what’s at stake, as well as broad solutions and policy implementation.

The event – SP2 Penn Top 10 Talk: A Speaker Series on Social Impact – will take place at the University Club at Penn. It will be moderated by SP2 associate professor Dr. TJ Ghose, founder and CEO of The Center for Carceral Communities, and will also feature a Q&A session.

Please register here to attend. The discussion will also be live-streamed and accessible to the public. Click here to watch online and submit questions on April 20. 

The national call for criminal justice reform grows louder each year and the social and economic harms tied to mass incarceration are too perilous to ignore. Fortunately, we have the expertise and platforms to facilitate thoughtful conversations that can lead to comprehensive action.


Judge Benjamin Lerner

  • Deputy Managing Director for Criminal Justice

  • Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

  • Former head of the Defender Association of Philadelphia

Dr. Ram Cnaan

  • Professor, Penn School of Social Policy & Practice

  • Director, Program of Religion and Social Policy Research

  • Faculty Director, Goldring Reentry Initiative

Nancy Franke

  • Director, Goldring Reentry Initiative

*Free lunch will be provided for the first 45 guests from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.*

Audience & speakers at SP2 Penn Top 10 TalkIn partnership with the University Club, this the second installment in a compelling speaker series – SP2 Penn Top 10 Talks – on social policy and social justice issues that affect individuals and communities locally and globally.

In November, SP2 hosted a similar event in conjunction with the launch of Social Policy and Social Justice – an academic volume edited by Dean Jackson and published by Penn Press.

Social Policy and Social Justice is the final component of the SP2 Penn Top 10 project – – a multimodal initiative launched in 2016 designed to educate, enlighten, and empower voters and policymakers from all walks of life leading up to the 2016 presidential election and beyond.

Please learn more about the University Club at Penn here.