Justice Reform: The End of Mass Incarceration

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 -
8:30am to 12:00pm EST
Philanthropy New York, 1500 Broadway, 7th Floor, NYC
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With 2.3 million people currently behind bars in the United States - and an annual cost of $85 billion to run our prisons- politicians on both sides of the aisle are talking about what needs to happen to reform the criminal justice system. There is emerging political consensus today about the need to end mass incarceration.  
Today, more than 60% of those who are incarcerated are racial and ethnic minorities. For black males in their 30's, 1 in 10 are in jail on any given day. Despite the enormity of the problem, approximately 1% of all philanthropic dollars goes to criminal justice reform with the smallest percentage in Southern states. As the renowned sociologist once said, "As the South goes, so does the nation" reflecting the pivotal role the South has played in social, economic and political movements of the past.
Join us to learn from frontline Southern leaders who are activists in the fight to end mass incarceration through a variety of strategies, including advocacy/education,  litigation, organization and strategic communications. This session will also cover the strides smaller foundations can make to share information and play a role in the justice reform field.
  • Why the issue of justice reform matters to funders and how they make grant decisions.
  • What is happening in the South and how it can inform strategies employed in other parts of the country on this national issue.
  • The tipping points that Southern leaders are seeking and how they are working with marginalized communities and policy makers to create big wins.
  • What "those closest to the problems are closest to the solutions" means for advocates working on these issues.
  • How personal knowledge of the criminal justice system impacts an advocates work in the field.
  • How progressives and the conservatives view mass incarceration and the fundamental value differences between them.


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All interested funders.


8:30 AM - 9:00 AM  Check-in & breakfast
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM  Program
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