Workshop: Smarter Policies and Safer Communities
Nov
16
11:00 AM11:00

Workshop: Smarter Policies and Safer Communities

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A bipartisan movement is developing to change a justice system that has previously focused on longer sentences for more crimes. Rising corrections costs from growing prison populations have burdened state and local governments without proving to make people safer while communities face the reality that too few people leave prison with the ability or opportunity to fully contribute to society. State and local leadership is needed in the face of a Trump Administration pushing for a return to old ways of thinking about crime and punishment. Our Director, Bianca Tylek, joins Arkansas Representative Clarke Tucker to lead a discussion on ways policymakers can make their justice systems fairer while improving public safety.

This workshop was hosted by The NewDEAL as part of their Seventh Annual Leader Conference. The NewDEAL is a national network of pro-growth progressive state and local leaders working to expand opportunity for all Americans in the changing economy.

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Podcast: Making Money Off Caging People
Nov
13
12:00 PM12:00

Podcast: Making Money Off Caging People

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Have you ever thought about what it means to make money off of caging other people? You should. Vanguard owns 16% of Core Civic, a company with $1.7 billion in revenue that owns, manages, and operates private prisons and detention centers. Thus, millions of Americans are unknowingly invested in Core Civic through Vanguard’s extremely popular retirement accounts and mutual fund products. But private prison companies are only the tip of a much larger iceberg. Prisons and prison services are being commercialized at alarming rates. On this Episode of Voir Dire, our Director, Bianca Tylek, invites listeners  not only to decide how we want our money to be invested, but more importantly to ask whether or not we’re ok with some people profiting off of the caging of others.

This podcast was part of the Voir Dire series hosted by the Criminal Justice Policy Program at Harvard Law School, which connects their law school community to a broad network of stakeholders seeking to advance criminal justice reform. Each episode feature an in-depth conversation with people on the front lines of transforming the criminal legal system.  

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Workshop: Capital and the Prison Problem - How We Stop Profiting from Punishment
Nov
12
10:00 AM10:00

Workshop: Capital and the Prison Problem - How We Stop Profiting from Punishment

Right now more black men are under correctional control than were enslaved in 1850. As the scholars and activists in Ava Duvernay’s powerful documentary 13th remind us, mass incarceration is an unfair and ongoing assault on communities of color, exploiting already ravaged resources, crushing opportunity and threatening democracy. It’s just one of the ways the private sector and the idolization of capitalism have deepened racial injustice. Using the seemingly race-neutral label “criminal”, we have justified the exploitation of people of color and their subsequent exclusion from economic life.

At the beginning of a divisive law-and-order administration, investors must help solve the U.S. carceral crisis. Our Director, Bianca Tylek, joins Pat Tomaino, Associate Director of Socially Responsible Investing at the Zevin Asset Management, to lead a workshop on the role of wealth in our carceral crisis. Our workshop will undertake a race- and power-centric analysis of the role of private capital in mass incarceration. Participants will examine how inherited privilege, power, and access support mass incarceration and consider unique ways in which wealthy folks can help support solutions. We will brainstorm avenues of impact that include partnering with directly-impacted communities, funding radical advocacy, and investing in change.

This workshop was hosted by Resource Generation as part of their 2017 Making Money Make Change conference. Resource Generation organizes young people with wealth and class privilege in the U.S. to become transformative leaders working towards the equitable distribution of wealth, land, and power.

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Webinar: Criminal Justice Policy 101
Aug
1
7:30 PM19:30

Webinar: Criminal Justice Policy 101

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On this webinar designed for millennials running for elected office, our Director, Bianca Tylek, discusses the nation’s mass incarceration crisis and criminal justice policies that can spur transformational change. 

This webinar was hosted by Run for Something, which recruits and supports talented, passionate young people who will advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench.

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Panel Discussion: Cashing In on Incarceration
Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

Panel Discussion: Cashing In on Incarceration

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Private prisons are not the only corrections facilities exposed to commercialization. Even in public prisons, private companies are turning huge profits on everything from healthcare to transportation with terrible ramifications for incarcerated people.

On this panel we discuss strategies for decommercializing criminal justice, starting with New York City’s recent decision to divest from private prison companies. Opening remarks from New York City Comptroller, Scott Stringer. 

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Panel Discussion & Workshop: Power of Procurement - The Impact of State and Local Contracts
Jul
14
1:30 PM13:30

Panel Discussion & Workshop: Power of Procurement - The Impact of State and Local Contracts

Our Director, Bianca Tylek, joined Paul Wright, Executive Director of the Human Rights Defense Center, to lead a workshop on effective procurement and contracting practices in corrections agencies.

This panel and workshop was hosted by the Young Elected Officials Network, a program of People for the American Way, as part of their 2017 National Convening. The YEO Network is the first and only national initiative aimed at providing a network of support to the newest generation of progressive leaders at every level of elected office.

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