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Yale Law School’s Emily Bazelon Examines Mass Incarceration

Image of flag behind chain link fenceNorwich ~ Yale Law School lecturer and New York Times writer Emily Bazelon will examine today’s troubling trends in the criminal justice system in a talk at Norwich Congregational Church on May 1 at 7:00 pm. Her talk,Prosecutors and the Battle to End Mass Incarceration,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Over the last 40 years, prosecutors have driven the country toward mass incarceration and a crisis of justice shot through with unfairness and racial discrimination. In her talk, Bazelon will consider the current movement to elect a new breed of prosecutor.

Bazelon is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine and the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School. She is the bestselling author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy and a cohost of the Slate Political Gabfest, a popular weekly podcast. Before joining the Times Magazine, Emily was a writer and editor for nine years at Slate, where she cofounded the women’s section, “DoubleX.” Her new book Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration is being published in April 2019. She is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School. She lives in New Haven with her husband and her younger son.

About First Wednesdays

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Norwich are held at Norwich Congregational Church (unless otherwise noted) and are hosted by Norwich Public Library and Norwich Historical Society. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public. See the full schedule of Norwich First Wednesdays talks.

The statewide underwriters for the First Wednesdays 2018-2019 series are The Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation, the Windham Foundation, and the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

“Prosecutors and the Battle to End Mass Incarceration” is underwritten by Otto & Associates.

Norwich Public Library is sponsored by the Boatwright Foundation, Friends of the Norwich Public Library, The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, Mascoma Savings Bank
, Norwich Square Properties, Norwich Historical Society, and Jane W. Stetson and E. William Stetson III.

For more information, contact Norwich Public Library at 802.649.1184, or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or , or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

About Vermont Humanities Council

The Vermont Humanities Council seeks to engage all Vermonters in the world of ideas, foster a culture of thoughtfulness, and inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning. Because Ideas Matter.