Beyond the Bars – 3rd Annual Criminal Justice Conference

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The annual Columbia University School of Social Work Criminal Justice Caucus, this year entitled Beyond the Bars: Moving Forward, will be held on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 in New York City.

Registration for this event is now live online at http://beyondthebars.eventbrite.com.

Advanced online registration allows for speedier check-in at the events, however, individuals who do not have access to online registration may register in person day of the conference.

The Correctional Association’s executive director Soffiyah Elijah will moderate a panel discussion between noted academics and activists Angela Davis and Mark Lamont Hill and emceeing between special performances on Friday night.  Doors open at 6:00 pm and the event is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm.

On Saturday and Sunday, CA staff members will be facilitating a variety of panels and workshops, between the hours of 10:00 am and 5:30 pm. In particular, we hope will join us for:

  • PANEL # 1: Challenging the Punishment Paradigm, Saturday April 6th, 10:00 am.
    The punishment paradigm has long served as a driving force in the criminal justice system, and with 11 children arrested daily in New York City schools in 2012 and record high rates of deportations over the last several years, the effects of the punishment paradigm are being increasingly felt outside of the criminal justice system.  The Punishment Paradigm Panel will bring together advocates to discuss the history of punishment in the U.S. and the influence of the punishment paradigm in our school, prison, and immigration systems.  Speakers will address the effects of the punishment paradigm in their fields and develop a dialogue with audience members to explore resistance to the influence of the punishment paradigm in our communities and our daily experiences. The Correctional Association’s Associate Director of the Prison Visiting Project, Edward-Yemil Rosario, will serve as a panelist.
  • Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence, Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 4:00-5:00 pm.
    This discussion will explore the history of intimate partner violence and its intersection with the criminal justice system. Presented from the perspective of professionals working in the field and survivors sharing their stories. The Correctional Association’s Associate Director of the Women in Prison Project, Jaya Vasandani, will co-facilitate this workshop.
  • Organizing Against Solitary Confinement: A workshop to Educate and Organize Against the Practice of Extreme Isolation and Deprivation in New York’s Jails and Prisons, Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 4:00-5:30 pm.
    This workshop will begin with a teach-in about the use of solitary confinement in New York City jails and New York State prisons, to answer the questions: what it solitary confinement? How is it used in New York State? And what are its lasting effects?  The teach-in will be followed by breakout group discussions with organizers currently involved in challenging the use of solitary confinement in city jails and state prisons.  Participants will have opportunities to learn from and collaborate with organizing groups that are taking a stand against the practice of extreme isolation and deprivation. The Correctional Association’s Associate Director of the Prison Visiting Project, Scott Paltrowitz, will co-facilitate this workshop.
  • Juvenile Justice vs. Youth Justice, Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 4:00-5:30 pm.

The panel “Juvenile justice vs. Youth Justice” will explore the juvenile justice landscape. It will hear the voice and experience of one of Central Park Five, listen to the voice of a young person currently involved in the system and discuss major reform campaigns such as raising the age of criminal liability in NYS. Present community stakeholders will participate in this panel looking at the issue of youth justice from the perspective of causes, challenges and opportunities that exist to transform the juvenile justice system. The Correctional Association’s Raise the Age Campaign Manager, Angelo Pinto, will co-facilitate this workshop.

Friday night’s Kick Off Location: Lerner Hall at Columbia University (enter from the Broadway entrance)
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Saturday’s Panels and Workshops Location: Columbia University School of Social Work
1255 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027