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Raising the Bar of Hope: Addressing Black Female Incarcerati

Raising the Bar of Hope: Addressing Black Female Incarceration & Community Reentry
Monday, January 10, 2022 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
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Program Fee:
Free for Members | $15 Non-Members | Free for Non-Lawyers
Non-Lawyers please call Customer Relations at 212-382-6663 to register. 

Please Note: All attendees will receive an email confirmation including a zoom invite two hours prior to the program with details of how to access the webinar.

In this fourth program in the Presidential Series, Raising the Bar of Hope, which highlights issues concerning Black women, our distinguished panel will discuss the incarceration and post-release challenges faced by Black women. According to the Prison Policy Initiative, the female incarcerated population in state prisons has increased 900% since 1978--more than doubling the pace of growth among men. Women are more likely to be incarcerated in local jails than state prisons, and the majority of women held in local jails are incarcerated pending trial. These numbers become much more stark when accounting for race: Black women are markedly overrepresented in prisons and jails, comprising almost one-third of the incarcerated population. The panel for this event includes community advocates and subject matter experts who will discuss Black female incarceration overall; challenges faced by Black women and girls while incarcerated and post-release; the collateral consequences of incarceration; and proposed post-release program and community reentry solutions.

Sheila S. Boston, President, New York City Bar Association

Kate Mogulescu
, Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Director of the Criminal Defense and Advocacy Clinic, Brooklyn Law School 

Aqirah Stanley
, Alliance of Families for Justice 
Carole Eady-Porcher, Center for Community Alternatives   
Aminah Elster, Campaign & Policy Coordinator, CA Coalition for Women Prisoners
Susan Burton, Founder, A New Way of Life   
Roslyn Morrison, Legal Aid Society
Hamdiya Cooks-Abdullah, Administrative Director, Legal Services for Prisoners With Children 

Sponsoring Committee:
Corrections and Community Reentry, Gregory D. Morril, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Committees:
Criminal Courts, Terri Rosenblatt, Chair
Criminal Justice Operations, Tess Cohen, Chair 
Criminal Law, Brian Blais, Chair
Mass Incarceration Task Force, Sarah Berger and Jullian Harris-Calvin, Co-Chairs
Sex and Law, Farah Diaz-Tello and Olympias Iliana Konidaris, Co-Chairs

Co-Sponsoring Organization:
New York City Bar Office for Diversity and Inclusion, James A. Lewis, V, Executive Director

Related Reports:
Addressing Rikers Island Crisis: Recommendations to NYC District Attorneys
Strengthening Protection When Seeking Employment with a Criminal Record
A Pathway Out of Mass Incarceration And Towards a New Criminal Justice System: Recommendations for the New York State Legislature
Report in Support of the Humane Alternatives to Long Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act
Support for Legislation Intended to Bring Children & Their Incarcerated Parents Closer Together
Closing Rikers Island: Support for Borough-Based Jail Plan

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