Putting People Before Prisons on April 18

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From CA press release:


Marci McLendon
Correctional Association of New York
212-254-5700, ext. 314

Correctional Association to Host First Annual
PEOPLE BEFORE PRISONS Benefit and Silent Auction
on April 18th at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall

 MSNBC Host Melissa Harris-Perry, Acclaimed Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki and Others to Receive Awards

New York, NY (April 11, 2013) – The Correctional Association of New York’s will host its first-ever PEOPLE BEFORE PRISONS Benefit next Thursday, April 18th at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.

The Correctional Association’s PEOPLE BEFORE PRISONS Benefit recognizes the leadership of advocates and philanthropists whose passionate action and civic involvement has made a major contribution to the cause of criminal justice reform and exemplifies the Association’s belief in the inherent dignity of all human beings.

This year, the Association will honor NYS Assemblymember Jeffrion L. Aubry, for his fifteen years of dedicated service as the Chair of the New York State Assembly Committee on Correction; Ralph S. Brown, Jr., a long-time member of the Correctional Association Board of Directors; Melissa V. Harris-Perry, host of MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry show, for her outstanding journalism on the crisis of mass incarceration in the United States; and Eugene Jarecki, acclaimed filmmaker, for his 2012 cinematic expose of the U.S. War on Drugs, THE HOUSE I LIVE IN, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival.

“We are thrilled this year to honor these four incredible soldiers for justice,” said Soffiyah Elijah, the executive director of the Correctional Association. “Each of these impressive individuals is a true leader in their respective field. All of our honorees have worked tirelessly to address our nation’s crisis of mass incarceration and to begin to create a world that finally puts people before prisons.”

“The four honorees for this special evening exemplify the Correctional Association’s historic and important tradition of putting people before prisons,” said actor, activist and event Co-Chair Danny Glover. “The Correctional Association is at the forefront of many of the different ways responsible citizens are working together to change our nation’s culture of mass incarceration. I am honored to sit on the CA’s Board of Directors and join with the community as we salute these outstanding individuals on April 18th.”

The evening will feature a silent auction with proceeds going to support the work of the Correctional Association. Auction items include: signed sports memorabilia and luxury ticket packages for the New York Mets, Yankees and Giants; JetBlue getaway destinations; New York Smile Institute teeth whitening packages; yoga, acupuncture and reiki healing packages; VIP tickets to Katie Couric and Good Morning America; and gift cards to TAO restaurant and legendary LAVO restaurant and night club.

The evening will also feature entertainment from the R&B trio the Legendary Escorts, formed in prison in 1968 and discovered by producer George Kerr while performing in the infamous Rahway State Prison; and Bryonn Bain, prison activist, actor, and author, who will perform an excerpt from his thrilling one-man show, Lyrics From Lockdown.

Event Co-Chairs include Clay Hiles, Danny Glover, Jason Feneque, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Marcus H. Morial, Stephanie Fullam, Vie Wilson and William J. Dean

The evening will begin with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception at 5:30 PM; entertainment and awards program to commence at 7:30 PM. To purchase tickets or an ad in the event journal, please visit www.correctionalassociation.org/benefit2013 or call 212-254-5700.

About the Correctional Association of New York

The Correctional Association of New York is an independent, non-profit organization founded by concerned citizens in 1844 and granted unique authority by the NYS Legislature to inspect prisons and to report its findings and recommendations to the legislature, the public and the press.  The CA’s nationally-recognized model for promoting constructive criminal justice reform—combining independent prison oversight, research, strategic policy advocacy, leadership development and training, community involvement, and coalition building—helps make prisons more transparent and accountable to the public, and has a positive impact on thousands of currently and formerly incarcerated individuals, their families and communities, and society as a whole.

For more information visit www.correctionalassociation.org.


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