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Thursday, July 02, 2020


1-2:15 pm



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Brutality Behind Bars: Accountability for Corrections Officers, Too

In the wake of protests to hold police accountable for brutality in the streets, join our panel on ending brutality inside jails and prisons—violence that occurs everyday at the hands of corrections officers, but is rarely caught on camera.

The stories of inhumane treatment that fueled the #CLOSERikers movement, along with the heartbreaking deaths of Layleen Polanco, Jamel Floyd, Kalief Browder, and countless other Black and Brown people behind bars in New York, have shed light on abuses that are largely shielded from the public. As calls to divest from the NYPD continue, we must also galvanize energy towards achieving accountability and transparency for corrections officers, and ensure that the voices of people inside are heard. Learn about concrete solutions to end brutality behind bars in New York, and ways to take action.

Jai Diamond, New York City Criminal Justice Agency
Assemblyman David Weprin, Chair of the Committee on Corrections
Karen Murtagh, Executive Director of Prison Legal Services
Donna Hylton, Executive Director of A Little Piece of Light
Phillip Miller, Associate Director of Policy at Correctional Association of New York

MODERATOR: Andre Ward, AVP of The Fortune Society’s David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy

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