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Schedule for The American Justice Summit (subject to change)
Gerald W. Lynch Theater
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
November 10, 2014
1:30 PM | LETTER FROM BRIAN: HILL HARPER
Hill Harper (actor and author, Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones) reads a letter from a teenager in prison.
CALL TO ARMS VIDEO
WELCOME BY TINA BROWN
Frantz Jerome (poet and activist) on how it feels to be stopped and frisked.
THE 2.3 MILLION
Jeremy Travis (President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice) presents the latest data from his recent report, The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences.
WHAT IS PRISON FOR?
Retribution, rehabilitation, public safety? Criminal justice practitioners, victims’ rights advocates, and the formerly incarcerated debate the fundamental function and costs of using prison as the primary consequence for committing crime in America.
- Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, Director, Marsy’s Law for Illinois.
- The Honorable Eric Harmon, Judge of the Superior Court of Los Angeles, CA
- Glenn Martin, Founder and President, JustLeadershipUSA
- John Wetzel, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
MODERATED by George Stephanopoulos, Chief Anchor, ABC News
THE JUSTICE YOU’RE BORN WITH
Johnny Perez (Safe Reentry Mental Health Advocate, Urban Justice Center) talks about a system that keeps men and women in an endless cycle of incarceration. While it is easy to blame the individuals, it’s much harder in practice to overcome the circumstances that have put them there.
INTERVIEW WITH NORMAN SEABROOK
Norman Seabrook, president of the New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association.
INTERVIEWED by Bill Keller, Editor-in-Chief, The Marshall Project
THE WAREHOUSE SCANDAL
Harsh drug sentences and the de-funding of state mental-health facilities have turned America’s jails and prisons into warehouses for addicts and the mentally ill. Hear personal stories about what is taking place beyond the prison walls and how the nation is criminalizing some of its most vulnerable citizens.
- Francis Greenburger, President and Founder, Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice
- Joanne Minich, Mental Health Advocate, family member
- Mitchell S. Rosenthal, M.D., Founder, Phoenix House
MODERATED by Deborah Roberts, ABC News Correspondent
RIGHT ON CRIME: THE CONSERVATIVE CASE FOR REFORM
The calls for justice reform are coming increasingly from both sides of the political aisle. Grover Norquist makes the case for why conservatives are best equipped to reorganize America’s prison system.
4:00 PM | BREAK
A TRIBUTE TO ARTHUR: GLENN MARTIN
Glenn Martin (Founder and President, JustLeadershipUSA) talks about his former cellmate and friend.
SURVIVING THE TIME
Millions of men and women are locked away in the nation’s jails and prisons, yet most people have no idea what life on the inside really looks like. Tyrone Werts and Piper Kerman reflect on their own conditions of confinement, prison culture, and what it takes to survive time spend behind bars.
- Piper Kerman, Activist, Author, Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Woman’s Prison
- Tyrone Werts, Co-Founder and Director, The End Crime Project, formerly incarcerated for 36 years
MODERATED by Tina Brown, Founder, Tina Brown Live Media
Coming out of prison, millions of Americans are barred from voting, employment, and housing. This program examines the barriers faced by the formerly incarcerated as they try to reconnect with family and return to their communities.
- Ann Jacobs, Director, Prisoner Reentry Institute, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
- Dorsey Nunn, Executive Director, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Co-Founder, All of Us or None
- Richard Price, Author, Screenwriter
America punishes its children in staggering numbers—more than any other country in the world. We’ll examine alternatives to incarceration, “violence interruption” on the streets, and other methods that are working to halt the flow of children along the school-to-prison pipeline.
- Nell Bernstein, Author, Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison
- Sally Hazelgrove, Founder and Executive Director, Restoring the Path/Crushers Club
- Carmen Perez, Executive Director, The Gathering for Justice
INTERVIEW WITH POLICE COMMISSIONER BRATTON
In a year of turbulent relations between New York City’s residents and its police force, the Police Commissioner addresses the challenges, changes and vision for his NYPD.
BREAKING THE CYCLE
Almost 15,000 people are murdered in America every year. Those most likely to be affected by this violence are young men of color. At the same time, men in poor and minority communities face institutionalized bias that limits their access to education, economic opportunity, and justice. This conversation examines how to change the trajectory and break the cycle of poverty, violence, and hopelessness.
- David Kennedy, Director, Center for Crime Prevention and Control, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Co-Chair, National Network for Safe Communities
- Mitchell J. Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans
- Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative
TINA BROWN FAREWELL
A Call to Action.
6:36PM | DARREN WALKER