alice cheng '20 commission on crime prevention and criminal justice

alice cheng '20
commission on crime prevention and criminal justice



Alice is a junior at Harvard concentrating in Economics, with a secondary in Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights. She grew up near San Francisco, and loves the city, the sun, and the sea creatures. At the College, she enjoys combining her quantitative way of thinking about social issues and policies in economics with a qualitative understanding of social movements, marginalization, colonialism, and history through Asian-American studies. She hopes to apply what she’s learned in her studies to real-world social impacts. In addition to WorldMUN, she is involved with various public service and advocacy groups on campus. In her free time, Alice enjoys good music and TV shows, most water sports, and exploring new places. She’s so excited to serve as a chair for WorldMUN 2019 and meet the delegates!

Topic: Overincarceration

Overincarceration is a pressing global issue that exists in both developed and developing countries around the world, with the UN Human Rights Council formally adopting the first ever UN report on mass incarceration in 2015. Overincarceration around the world often reflects a misuse of incarceration to respond to social challenges and lack of resources in place to address basic human needs. In our committee, we will look at the cycle of trauma and issues of mental health associated with overincarceration. People who face addiction and mental illness are incarcerated rather than rehabilitated. We will also look at the lack of services for re-entry into society, such as education and training, for formerly incarcerated individuals and how that plays into a cycle of incarceration. The cycle is is difficult to break and stifles intergenerational mobility. Another sub-topic we will look at is the disproportionate incarceration of minorities. Incarceration has historically been used as a force to reinforce dominant societal discourse and oppress minorities and looking at this issue plays into a larger question of how can so-called “justice” systems truly serve their purpose? This committee will discuss these issues and work towards building resolutions that address overincarceration. I hope that this committee will not only improve delegates’ knowledge about the issues surrounding overincarceration, but also motivate delegates to think about how their own communities relate to these issues and how they can take actions for improvement.