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March 3, 2005

Journalist Alan Elsner to Speak on America's Prison Crisis

Contact: Chip Rose

Alan Elsner, national correspondent for Reuters, will speak on "The Crisis in America's Prisons and Why You Should Care," on Monday, March 7 at 4 p.m. on the 7th floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library at UMBC. The event, part of UMBC's Social Sciences Forum, is free and open to the public.

Drawing from his book, Gates of Injustice: The Crisis in America's Prisons, Elsner will talk about the growth of the U.S. prison system, why it happened and why it should matter to the American public. He will also examine the costs of running correctional facilities, the health implications for inmates and address recidivism and how to reduce it. His book will be on sale the evening of the lecture.

Future Social Sciences Forum speakers include Maryland Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services Mary Ann Saarr, who will discuss Maryland's Project RESTART on Monday, April 25.

For more information on Social Sciences Forum events, contact Delana Gregg at 410-455-2916 or

Posted by crose at March 3, 2005 1:39 PM