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The world’s prisons now reportedly hold more than 10.74 million men, women, and children. Imprisonment for even minor crimes is often a default punishment in many jurisdictions, leading human rights organizations to express growing concerns about overcrowding, poor sanitation, inadequate health care, and violence in overburdened facilitates. Alternatives to incarceration projects offer a promising means of addressing these growing challenges, and often provide minor offenders with the holistic support they need for rehabilitation and reintegration into their communities. Yet instituting these approaches in developed nations and fragile states alike can be difficult.

Two detainees are seen behind the bars of the prison walls. UN Photo by Victoria Hazou.
Two detainees are seen behind the bars of prison walls. UN Photo by Victoria Hazou.

Join the University of South Carolina’s Rule of Law Collaborative and the United States Institute of Peace for a day-long symposium that explores the promises and challenges associated with instituting effective alternatives to incarceration programming. Experts will offer insights from their work domestically and abroad, covering key questions of the day such as how to handle reintegration of foreign fighters, and how to tailor support to meet the needs of vulnerable prison populations.


Alternatives to Incarceration Explained 

  • Richard Baum, International Division Director, The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy 
  • Pamela Rodriguez, President, Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities 

Panel I: Overcoming Obstacles to Implementing Alternatives to Incarceration

  • Laura Chioda, Senior Economist, The Chief Economist Office of the Latin America and Caribbean Region and in the Office of the Chief Economist for Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions, World Bank 
  • Yvon Dandurand, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of the Fraser Valley, British Columbia
  • Michele Worobiec, Chief Counsel, Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities
  • Moderator: Janine Geske, Distinguished Professor of Law, Marquette University Law School (Retired) and Former Justice, Wisconsin Supreme Court

Panel II: Examining Alternatives to Incarceration at Each Stage of the Criminal Justice Process

  • Jee Aei (Jamie) Lee, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, Justice Section, Division for Operations, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Angela Hawken, Director of the Litmus Program & Professor of Public Policy, Marron Institute of Urban Management, New York University
  • Janeen Buck Willison, Senior Research Fellow, Justice Policy Center, The Urban Institute
  • Moderator: Hayne Yoon, Vera Institute of Justice

Keynote: James A. Walsh, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Panel III: Innovations in E-Governance: From Case Management to Consensus Building

  • Vivienne Chin, Senior Associate, International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy (Canada)
  • Fiona Mangan, Director of Justice + Security in Transitions and Visiting Fellow, Rule of Law Collaborative, University of South Carolina
  • Annie Schachar, Director of Treatment Court Programs/Deputy Director of Technical Assistance, Center for Court Innovation
  • Moderator: Dr. James Gordon, Founder and Executive Director, The Center for Mind-Body Medicine

Panel IV: Ensuring Success: Beyond the Criminal Justice Sector 

  • Terry F. Kidwell, Senior Advisor, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, Office of Criminal Justice Assistance and Partnership, U.S. Department of State
  • Mariano Montenegro, Consultant, Organization of American States and Former Director of the National Service for the Prevention and Rehabilitation of Drug and Alcohol Consumption (Chile)
  • Robert Örell, Director Fryshuset EXIT (Sweden) and Steering Committee of the European Commission’s Radicalization Awareness Network
  • Moderator: Jumaina Siddiqui, Senior Program Officer for the Asia Center, U.S. Institute of Peace

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