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400 Years of Inequality: Mass Incarceration Panel Discussion Details


According to The Sentencing Project, the United States incarceration population surpasses 2.2 million. Over the course of forty years this number has increased over 500%. Unfortunately, the incarceration rate for Louisiana currently exceeds the national incarceration rate. As the second most incarcerated state in the most incarcerated country in the world, this is a national and local issue that disproportionately affects African-American communities. We want to take this opportunity to hear from experts in the field on how we got here, what implications have been resolved and which still remain, and finally how we can advocate for social justice.


Thomas LaVeist, Phd

  • Thomas LaVeist is the dean of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.


Eve Abrams 

  • Eve Abrams is the producer of the podcast “Unprisoned: Stories from the System”  

Dominic Dupont 

  • Dominic Dupont, featured in Raised in the System, is a community liaison who was incarcerated at the age of 17 serving a sentence of 21 years. 

E. Jacob Rieux, Jr., PhD

  • Jacob Rieux Jr. is a 24-year Law Enforcement veteran currently employed with the State of Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Division of Probation and Parole

William C. Snowden 

  • William Snowden is the director of the New Orleans Vera Institute of Justice and the founder of The Juror Project 

Gregory Thomas

  • Gregory Thomas is the Senior Executive Officer for Law Enforcement Operations for the Kings County, Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office

Time Frame

  • Saturday, October 12, 2019
  • 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM


Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
Diboll Auditorium & Gallery
1440 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112