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Reducing Racial Inequality in the Criminal Legal System

Please join the Urban Institute and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) for a candid conversation about how to tackle racial inequality and public safety.

The discussion will bring together the Urban Institute’s John M. Eason and Kimberlyn Leary in conversation with Bruce Western, professor of sociology and social justice at Columbia University, and María Vélez, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Maryland; two of the authors of the recent NASEM report, Reducing Racial Inequality in Crime and Justice: Science, Practice, and Policy. These experts will discuss research around the interconnected social conditions that give rise to inequalities in justice and crime and identify evidence-driven policies that can make our nation safer and more just.



  • John M. Eason, Equity Scholar and Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
  • María Vélez, Associate Professor, University of Maryland
  • Bruce Western, Bryce Professor of Sociology and Social Justice; Director, Justice Lab, Columbia University
  • David Pitts, Interim Associate Vice President and Senior Research Fellow, Urban Institute (moderator)


We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. We will provide American Sign Language and auto-transcription services. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.

This event is available for in-person or virtual participation. Please be sure to register correctly. In-person check-in will begin at 3:30 p.m. A networking reception will follow the event. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, including one booster shot, is required to attend this event in-person. Please be prepared to show proof of your vaccinations upon arrival. Masking may be required.

Date & Time Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Urban Institute 500 L'Enfant Plaza
Washington , DC , 20024
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Urban Institute Speakers
  • Senior Research Fellow
  • Executive Vice President
  • Vice President, Justice Policy