Hundreds of people convene Friday at Roger Williams University Law School for a conference on the cost of incarceration. The event will bring local and national experts together to discuss the problems in the criminal justice system.
Judge Judith Savage is a justice in residence at Roger Williams, and she organized this conference. She said Rhode Island is in the top five states when it comes to the number of residents on probation. That means they are more likely to struggle to find work or get an education.
“The costs are staggering both in terms of financial cost and cost to our communities and individual lives,” said Savage.
Savage says discussing those costs is crucial to finding solutions. She also points out that African Americans and Latinos are disproportionately incarcerated and sentenced to probation.
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