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Racism and the Economy: Focus on Criminal Justice

July 13, 2021 @ 12:00 pm 3:00 pm EDT

Racism and the Economy Focus on Criminal Justice

The seventh installment of the Racism and the Economy event series focuses on how racism in the criminal justice system impacts the economy. The criminal justice system has frequently failed to live up to its name, with damaging social and economic consequences. Keynote speakers will examine the origins and contemporary context of the U.S. criminal legal system, followed by thought leaders and practitioners who will discuss strategies to address the system’s disparate impacts on the economic security of Indigenous people and communities of color. The session explores how overrepresentation of people of color and Indigenous people in the criminal legal system compromises the performance of the overall economy.


  • Chanda Smith Baker, Chief Impact Officer and Senior Vice President, Minneapolis Foundation (moderator)
  • Raphael Bostic, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Jennifer Doleac, Associate Professor of Economics, Texas A&M University
  • Keith Ellison, Minnesota Attorney General
  • Yvette Gentry, Director of Justice and Opportunity, Metro United Way
  • Phillip Atiba Goff, Carl I. Hovland Professor of African American Studies and Professor of Psychology, Yale University, and Co-Founder & CEO, Center for Policing Equity
  • Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Professor and Thomas E. Lifka Chair of History, University of California, Los Angeles, and Faculty Director of Million Dollar Hoods
  • Neel Kashkari, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • Walter Katz, Vice President of Criminal Justice, Arnold Ventures
  • David Muhammad, Executive Director, National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (moderator)
  • Clark Neily, Senior Vice President for Legal Studies, Cato Institute
  • Victor Rios, Professor and Associate Dean of Social Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Rachael Rollins, Suffolk County District Attorney
  • Eric Rosengren, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  • Nicholas Turner, President, Vera Institute of Justice
  • Kevin Washburn, Dean, University of Iowa College of Law
  • Andrea Young, Executive Director, ACLU of Georgia

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