incarceration

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Hundreds of people convene Friday at Roger Williams University Law School for a conference on the cost of incarceration. The event will bring local and national experts together to discuss the problems in the criminal justice system.

Judge Judith Savage is a justice in residence at Roger Williams, and she organized this conference. She said Rhode Island is in the top five states when it comes to the number of residents on probation. That means they are more likely to struggle to find work or get an education.

That's the gist of the question a Bradley Hasbro Research Center scientist is asking as she embarks on a project to study 400 Rhode Island teens after their first brush with the law.