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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on Law and Justice
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Diverting Youth from the Justice System and
Celebration of 5th Anniversary of
The Growth on Incarceration in the United States
 Law and Justice picMay 15, 2019

The National Academies’ Committee on Law and Justice invites you to two public events on Wednesday, May 15 in conjunction with its spring meeting. Please join us for a public seminar to explore Diverting Youth from the Criminal Justice System. We will hear from practitioners and researchers about the history of youth diversion, innovative practices, international approaches to diverting emerging adults and the costs/benefits of youth diversion.

Immediately following the seminar we invite you to join us for a commemoration of the landmark report – The Growth of Incarceration in the United States. We will celebrate the impact this seminal report, overseen by the Committee on Law and Justice, has had on the field since it was released five years ago.

Archived Videos of Seminar

Related Reports

incarceration cover wBorderLThe Growth of Incarceration in the United States (2014)
This report examines research and analysis of the dramatic rise of incarceration rates and its affects. This study makes the case that the United States has gone far past the point where the numbers of people in prison can be justified by social benefits and has reached a level where these high rates of incarceration themselves constitute a source of injustice and social harm.

The report recommends changes in sentencing policy, prison policy, and social policy to reduce the nation's reliance on incarceration. It also identifies important research questions that must be answered to provide a firmer basis for policy. The study assesses the evidence and its implications for public policy to inform an extensive and thoughtful public debate about and reconsideration of policies

 Meeting Resources

Register below for in-person and online participation in the seminar, as well as for the reception.


Arnold Ventures
William T. Grant Foundation
Annie E. Casey Foundation


Monica Feit, Acting Director
Tina Latimer, Program Coordinator




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