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University of Kentucky’s Black Women’s Conference (#426)

First, the group talks about the theme of this year’s conference, “Cruel and Unusual Punishment: Black Women in Correctional Settings.” They argue that black women are disproportionately represented in the correctional system and often receive much harsher sentences than white offenders. The panel members also contend that black women behind bars are an underserved group, often suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues, who need assistance and treatment in order to successfully return to their communities.

Then, the professors discuss the current status of black women’s wages; health, including a growing AIDS epidemic; and roles in academia. They also talk about their own work at UK, stressing the importance of finding practical community applications for their academic research.

Air Dates

Friday, March 20, 2009 at 4:00/3:00 pm CT on KET2

Sunday, March 22, 2009 at 1:30/12:30 pm CT on KET