Friday, September 24, 2010

Norval Morris Project


I'm just back in New York following a whirlwind trip to Maryland to speak about Trial and Error at a gathering of the Norval Morris Project. An initiative of the National Institute of Corrections, the project honors the memory of Norval Morris, "the most influential criminologist of his time" according to Michael Tonry. The project has gathered two dozen leading scholars and correctional officials (for example, the heads of corrections in Oklahoma, Michigan, Massachusetts) to discuss two ambitious goals: reducing the prison population by half over the next eight years and transforming the correctional workforce. As is almost always the case, I felt like I got more out of the event than I gave. I look forward to seeing how the group transforms their lofty goals into action.