Implementing Abolition: How to Create Just & Lasting Decarceration

April 10, 2019

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While prison populations have declined in recent years, they remain enormous, and immigration detention has ballooned. Also, in many areas where prison populations have decreased the most, racial disparities have worsened. Webinar faculty talk about how to seize opportunities to close facilities in ways that don’t lead to new ones opening, eliminate criminal laws in ways that don’t just help the privileged, and get people out in ways that don’t demonize those still inside. Together, we share strategies for accelerating decarceration and building just and lasting change.

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Pooja Gehi: Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild
Rev. Jason Lydon, Founder, Black & Pink
Oren Nimni: Staff Attorney, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Azadeh Shahshahani: Legal & Advocacy Director, Project South
Dean Spade: Founder, Sylvia Rivera Law Project
Panagioti Tsolkas: Founding Member, Fight Toxic Prisons
Carl Williams: Executive Director, Water Protector Legal Collective