BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Bennington College is planning to hold a two-day conference on improving the justice and incarceration system.

Topics include juvenile detention incarceration; race and class; incarceration and public health; and alternatives to incarceration and re-entry.

The conference is scheduled Friday and Saturday at the college's Center for Advancement of Public Action.

Faculty member Annabel Davis-Groff tells the Bennington Banner (http://bit.ly/Jea059) the nation has less than 5 percent of the world's population, but nearly 25 percent of incarcerated people worldwide are in American prisons.

She says the majority of people currently serving sentences in the United States are being held for non-violent offenses, at tremendous costs.

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Information from: Bennington Banner, http://www.benningtonbanner.com