One Day Conference-Criminal Justice Reform: A Jewish Call to Action- Agenda

AGENDA

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8:30AMREGISTRATION

9:00: Welcome

PLENARY:

MAKING THE CASE FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM IN THE JEWISH COMMUNITY
Presenter: Topeka Sam, The Ladies of Hope Ministries

Conversation:
Topeka Sam, The Ladies of Hope Ministries
Jason Flom,  Lava Records
Daniel Loeb, Third Point LLC

MASS INCARCERATION: MODERN DAY CIVIL RIGHTS CRISIS
Presenter:  Michael Waldman, Brennan Center

FAITH STRATEGIES TO END MASS INCARCERATION
Presenter: John Vaughn, Auburn Seminary

BREAKOUT GROUPS: See below for descriptions

  • Criminal Justice Reform & Civil Rights: A State of the (Dis)Union
  • End Mass Incarceration: Sentencing and Bail Reform
  • Conditions in Confinement: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Supporting the Formerly Incarcerated: Re-Integration
  • The Police and the Community: Building Better Bridges

LUNCH: KEYNOTE 

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

PLENARY:

CRIMINAL JEWISH REFORM IN NEW YORK:
Presenter: Cheryl Wills, NY1 Anchor

Khalil Cumberbatch, New Yorkers United for Justice
Dana Kaplan, NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Justice Initiatives, Close Rikers
Joseph Popcun, Deputy Commissioner, NY State Division of Criminal Justice Services
Erin George, Free New York Campaign
Vidal Guzman, Just Leadership, USA

Supporting the Formerly Incarcerated
Elizabeth Gaynes, Osborne Association; Evie Litwok, End Mass Incarceration; Andre Ward, Fortune Society

Criminal Justice Reform & Civil Rights
Insha Rahman, Vera Institute

Conditions in Confinement
Kimora, CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

End Mass Incarceration
Justine Olderman (Bronx Defenders)

 

CREATING ROADMAP FOR JEWISH ENGAGEMENT

PANEL TBA


BREAK-OUT GROUPS

During the break-out sessions, participants will take a deep dive into specific areas of reform and engage with issue experts and advocates and to learn about efforts for systemic change.

Criminal Justice Reform & Civil Rights: A State of the (Dis)Union – The U.S. has the world’s highest incarceration rate; 2.3 million Americans are in prison today. Fueled by the “war on drugs” and “tough on crime” mandatory sentencing policies, mass incarceration has a clear racial impact: 70 percent of people in US prisons are non-white. There is significant momentum for reform across the political spectrum but there is much more to reform that is needed. This workshop will provide a user-friendly overview of the breadth, depth, and key elements of the criminal justice system. Moderator: Sheryl Parker, Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan; Insha Rahman, Vera Institute; Ruth Messinger

End Mass Incarceration: Sentencing and Bail Reform – Justice in America is too often delayed or denied. Courts dockets are overloaded, the public defender system is underfunded, and racial disparities permeate the system. The inadequacy of the current system results too often in justice delayed and denied, as when the outcomes of criminal justice proceeding hinge arbitrarily on a defendant’s finances. In this workshop you will learn about more about sentencing and prison reform efforts in New York and ways that the Jewish community can join in the campaign. Moderator: Hanna Dershowitz, Aleph Institute; Justine Olderman, Bronx Defenders; Vidal Guzman, Just Leadership; Jason Starr

Conditions in Confinement: Challenges and Opportunities – The incarceration system has all but abandoned rehabilitation in favor of retribution. Prison conditions can impose hardships and dire consequences more egregious than those imposed by our laws. Prisons have also become de facto mental health facilities. Many Jewish practitioners work in the prison system and on reform efforts focusing on chaplaincy, mental health, and support. Learn from these practitioners the strong role our ethics and values when we show up to support individuals and their families during incarceration. Moderator: Rabbi Hilly Haber, Central Synagogue; Reverend Kimora, John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Johnny Perez, National Religious Campaign Against Torture; Dyjuan Tatro, Bard Prison Initiative

Supporting the Formerly Incarcerated: Reintegration – Formerly incarcerated individuals must navigate a complex set of barriers that make resuming any semblance of normal life nearly impossible. Nearly half end up back in prison. The lack of adequate rehabilitation programming, medical and behavioral health services, substance abuse treatment, educational opportunities, and family contact make reentering society a real challenge. Jewish text believes that once a person has paid for their crime, they should be able to rejoin society as a full citizen. Learn about efforts to support returning citizens. Moderator: Rabbi Potasnick, New York Board of Rabbis; Elizabeth Gaynes, Osborne Association; Evie Litwok, Mass Incarceration; Andre Ward, Fortune Society

The Police and the Community: Building Better Bridges – Animosity between law enforcement and communities of color has reached crisis levels. Police shootings have justifiably captured public attention and reignited a national conversation about how we police society. Alternatively, the Jewish community has strong and positive relationships with law enforcement based on increasing antisemitic acts and violence towards Jewish and Jewish institutions. Learn about reform efforts being considered for the law enforcement and ways the Jewish community can play a bridging role in community policing and relationships. Moderator: Bob Kaplan, JCRC NY; Assistant Chief Hughes, NYPD; Yehuda Webster, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice; Chief Chris Burbank, Center for Policing Equity Speaker Opportunity

Conference has been made possible by funding from UJA Federation of New York
Supported by The Margaret and Daniel Loeb Foundation and the Leon Toby Cooperman Family Foundation