Cruel and Not Unusual: Can America’s Prisons and Jails Change, and, If So, How?

The Prison and Jail Innovation Lab hosted a two-day symposium that brought together the country’s leading experts on prison and jail conditions to reflect on some of the most critical and challenging issues in the field. Participants discussed what can be done to address the seemingly intractable horrific conditions in certain correctional systems, including the role of correctional oversight in addressing these issues, and debated whether meaningful reform of America’s prisons and jails is truly possible. 

Recordings of three of the conference panels are posted online: