The Geography of Incarceration | City of Ideas

Posted 11/09/2016 by James Burnett

On Thursday, The Boston Foundation will release a new report at a same-titled forum called “The Geography of Incarceration: The Cost and Consequences of High Incarceration Rates in Vulnerable City Neighborhoods.” It is a study we worked with MassINC and the Criminal Justice Reform Coalition to produce on mass incarceration in Massachusetts, specifically as it affects people and neighborhoods in Boston. The report compares the geography of incarceration to the geography of crime in our city, and depicts how incarcerations have had a disproportionate impact on Boston's most vulnerable neighborhoods. Some of the data – especially the cost data – is stunning.

Wish I could share more with you, but the report will be online at on Thursday afternoon. The forum will feature data presentations and a panel discussion with Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins, Boston City Councillor Andrea Campbell, State Representative Evandro Carvalho, and John Larivee, President & CEO of Community Resources for Justice. You can watch a livestream of the forum Thursday morning, from 8:30 am – 10:30 am at


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