Mass Incarceration in America: Do Costs and Consequences Provide Cause for Change?

Institute of Politics

Date and Times: 
Friday, September 11, 2015 - 8:00am to 12:45pm

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square
300 W Station Square Dr Ballroom
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

CLE Credit Information: 

This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for (2) hours of substantive credit. There is a $60 fee for processing CLE credit for this event.

Friday, September 11, 2015

8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. | Breakfast - Grand Station I (Ballroom)

8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. | Mass Incarceration in America: National Momentum for Change by Mark Nordenberg

8:45 a.m. - 9:05 a.m. | A Closer Look: Jail Population in Allegheny County—Preserving Public Safety, Enhancing Fairness and Controlling Costs by Fred Thieman, former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania and President, The Buhl Foundation

9:05 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. | Discussion of Jailing Policies and Practices: moderated by David Harris, Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

  • Cameron McLay, Chief, City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
  • Thomas McCaffrey, Administrator, Criminal Court Division, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
  • Stephen A. Zappala, Jr., District Attorney, Allegheny County
  • Elliot Howsie, Chief Public Defender, Allegheny County
  • Philip A. Ignelzi, Judge, Criminal Division, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
  • LaToya Warren, Deputy Warden, Allegheny County Jail

10:20 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Comments by Rich Fitzgerald, County Executive, Allegheny County

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. | Break

10:45 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. | Working Session - Grand Station I, Brighton II, Brighton III, Brighton IV


  • Erin Dalton, Deputy Director, Office of Data Analysis, Research, and Evaluation, Allegheny County Department of Human Services
  • Janice Dean, Director, Pretrial Services, Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania
  • Eric Holmes, Commander, City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
  • Shanicka Kennedy, Deputy Director, Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender
  • Larry Scirotto, Lieutenant, City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
  • Angharad Stock, Deputy Administrator-Special Courts, Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania

11:20 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. | Working Session Report Out (Grand Station I) by Marc Cherna, Director, Allegheny County Department of Human Services

11:50 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Closing Remarks by Terry Miller

12 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. | Lunch - Fountainview Room

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