Here’s the agenda for the American Justice Summit

Here’s the agenda for the American Justice Summit

Schedule for the American Justice Summit (subject to change)

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Gerald W. Lynch Theater
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
January 29th, 2016 

9:00AM – WELCOME BY TINA BROWN                                               

OPENING PERFORMANCE

  • Daniel Beaty, Artist and Activist

MEMO TO THE NEXT PRESIDENT
A plenary discussion suggests the critical issues for justice reform for the next occupant of the Oval Office.

  • Stephen L. Carter, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Yale University
  • Tulsi Gabbard, U.S. Representative (HI-02)
  • Andrew Jarecki, Filmmaker
  • Gregg Marcantel, New Mexico Cabinet Secretary
  • Moderated by: John Avlon, Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Beast

KALIEF, MY BELOVED SON
An interview with Mrs. Venida Browder about her son, Kalief, who suffered through three years on Rikers Island awaiting trial.

  • Mrs. Venida Browder, Mother of Kalief Browder
  • Paul V. Prestia, Esq., Civil Rights Attorney, The Prestia Law Firm PLLC
  • Moderated by: Juju Chang, Nightline Co-Anchor, ABC News

THE WAREHOUSE SCANDAL
American jails have become warehouses for the poor and mentally ill. Abuse, suffering and injustice are rampant. Can the system be transformed?

  • The Honorable Steve Leifman, Associate Administrative Judge, Miami-Dade County Court
  • Karin D. Martin, PhD., Assistant Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • Marc Mauer, Executive Director, The Sentencing Project
  • Stephanie H. Procell, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate
  • Moderated by: Juju Chang, Nightline Co-Anchor, ABC News

INTERVIEW WITH U.S. ATTORNEY PREET BHARARA
Prosecuting the powerful, rooting out corruption and battling cybercrime: all in a day’s work for one U.S. Attorney.

  • Preet Bharara, United States Attorney, Southern District of New York
  • Interviewed by: Daniel Klaidman, Deputy Editor of Yahoo News

THE PUNCH THAT ENDED TWO LIVES
Testimonies about America’s unforgiving juvenile system, which still sees youth serving mandatory life without parole. Taken from a Marshall Project story published in Mother Jones.

  • Daniel Beaty, Artist and Activist
  • Marcel Spears, Actor 

ZERO TOLERANCE: ZERO JUSTICE
Innovations for diverting at-risk youth away from the criminal justice system and out of the school to prison pipeline.

  • Judge Jimmie M. Edwards, 22nd Judicial Circuit Court, State of Missouri and Founder, Innovative Concept Academy
  • Adam Foss, Assistant District Attorney, Boston, MA
  • Chief Joanne Jaffe, Chief of Community Affairs Bureau, New York City Police Department
  • Anna Deavere Smith, Actor, Playwright and Professor, New York University
  • Interviewed by: Bianna Golodryga, News and Finance Anchor, Yahoo

Learn more: Watch the full panel or a highlight of Chief Joanne Jaffe.

INTERVIEW WITH USHER RAYMOND IV
How artists can raise consciousness and influence social change.

  • Usher Raymond IV, Performance Artist and Philanthropist
  • Interviewed by: Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

IMMIGRANTS IN TERROR
First-hand accounts of conditions in America’s immigrant detention centers where physical and sexual abuse are endemic.

  • Adama Bah, Former Detainee
  • Khalil Cumberbatch, Manager of Training and Communications, JustLeadershipUSA
  • Layli Miller-Muro, Executive Director, Tahirih Justice Center
  • Moderated by: Maria Hinojosa, President, Futuro Media Group and Executive Producer and Anchor, Latino USA

STARTING OVER
Inventive strategies and powerful personalities dedicated to reversing the devastation caused by poverty, crime and incarceration in America’s hardest hit cities.

Introduction by: Pamela Thomas-Graham, Chair, New Markets, Credit Suisse Group

  • Shirley Clarke Franklin, Former Mayor, Atlanta and Executive Board Chair, Purpose Built Communities
  • Glenn E. Martin, President, JustLeadershipUSA
  • Rosie Perez, Actress, Philanthropist and Artist Board Chair, Urban Arts Partnership
  • Bruce D. Perry, M.D. PhD., Senior Fellow, The ChildTrauma Academy
  • Moderated by: Joshua Dubois, Founder and CEO, Values Partnerships

LUNCH

INTERVIEW WITH DEAN STRANG
A conversation with Steven Avery’s tenacious defense lawyer from Netflix’s Making a Murderer.

  • Dean Strang, Lawyer and Former Trial Lawyer for Steven Avery
  • Interviewed by: Tina Brown, CEO, Tina Brown Live Media

POLICE IN THE COMMUNITY: A DEADLY FORCE?
Testimony from the family of Sandra Bland, who died in police custody, and the nephew of Bettie Jones, who died at the hands of Chicago police.

  • Sharon Cooper, Sister of Sandra Bland
  • Jahmal Cole, Founder, My Block, My Hood, My City
  • Geneva Reed-Veal, Mother of Sandra Bland
  • Moderated by: Danny Gold, Producer and Correspondent, Vice News

POLICE IN OUR COMMUNITIES: GUARDIANS OR WARRIORS?
Why have elements of the police transformed from public service-oriented “guardians” into warriors who occupy rather than protect their communities? How can trust be established between police and communities of color in America?

  • Dr. Cedric L. Alexander, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Office of Public Safety, Dekalb County, GA
  • W.K. “Dub” Lawrence, Former Peace Officer, Sheriff, County Commissioner
  • Jill Leovy, Journalist
  • Brittany Packnett, Executive Director, Teach For America-St. Louis and Activist, Black Lives Matter Movement
  • Moderated by: Jeffrey Toobin, Staff Writer, The New Yorker and Senior Legal Analyst, CNN

THE CULTURE OF PUNISHMENT: IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY
What is incarceration for and is there a case for retribution? A comparison between America’s punitive prisons and Germany’s rehabilitation centered system.

  • Craig Haney, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and University of California Presidential Chair
  • Andrea James, Executive Director and Founder, Families for Justice as Healing
  • Jörg Jesse, Director General, Prison and Probation, Northeastern Germany
  • Ronald Simpson-Bey, Alumni Associate, JustLeadershipUSA
  • Moderated by: Jeremy Travis, President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

INTERVIEW WITH NEW YORK POLICE COMMISSIONER WILLIAM BRATTON
How law enforcement is wielding technology to confront terrorist threats and prevent crime.

  • William J. Bratton, Police Commissioner, City of New York
  • Moderated by: Ken Auletta, Author and Writer for The New Yorker

GUN MADNESS: NEW THOUGHTS, REAL SOLUTIONS
More than 30,000 people are killed by gunshot in America every year. Hear powerful ideas and strategies for changing gun culture and stemming the bloodshed.

  • Ada Pantoja, Field Coordinator, Operation L.I.P.S.T.I.C.K.
  • David M. Kennedy, Director, National Network for Safe Communities
  • Sandy Phillips, Founder, Jessi’s Message
  • Rev. Dr. Robert Schenck, President, Faith & Action in the Nation’s Capital
  • Kenneth Thompson, District Attorney, Kings County
  • Moderated by: John Hockenberry, Host, The Takeaway

INTERVIEW WITH FORMER U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER
Reflections on his legacy and looking to the future for justice reform.

  • The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., 82nd Attorney General for the United States
  • Interviewed by: Tina Brown, CEO, Tina Brown Live Media