With just less than half the people in prison convicted of a violent crime, Defining Violence
argues that there is no way the U.S. will be able to lower its incarceration rate significantly without changing how the justice system treats violent crimes. As part of the Justice Roundtable’
s Conversations on Justice Series, JPI organized a panel discussion
on America’s approach to violent crime and Maryland’s Unger cases. Hosted by the Open Society Foundation and Moderated by Nkechi Taifa, this October 14, 2016 discussion included panelists Walter Lomax, Executive Director of Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative, Stanley Mitchell, a formerly incarcerated individual released as a result of the Unger decision, Elizabeth Smith of University of Maryland’s School of Law, and JPI’s Executive Director Marc Schindler.