Bail Reform Summit

It’s time for change.

We need significant, structural changes to our criminal justice system. Join us for a close look at The Minneapolis Foundation’s newly commissioned pre-trial justice report, created in partnership with the University of Minnesota, and learn about the local actions that can be taken to move the system forward.

Our keynote speaker is James Forman, Jr. author of “Locking Up Our Own” and professor at Yale Law School. Raj Jayadev, the Co-Founder of Silicon Valley De-Bug and a 2019 MacArthur Fellow, will also be speaking. Event panelists include Cherise Fanno Burdeen of the Pretrial Justice Institute, Glenn A. Grant of the New Jersey Courts, and Alex Shalom of the New Jersey ACLU.

Event Details

Friday, October 18, 2019
7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Minneapolis Institute of the Arts
Reception Hall
2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (map)

Breakfast and lunch will be served. Please use the 3rd Avenue entrance. Parking is available in the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts parking garage and surface lots for a small fee. Free street parking is also available.

About Our Speakers

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James Forman, Jr.

After graduating from Yale Law School, James Forman, Jr. worked as a law clerk for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court. After clerking, he joined the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., where for six years he represented juveniles and adults in felony and misdemeanor cases.

Now at Yale Law School, where he has taught since 2011, James teaches Constitutional Law and a course called Race, Class, and Punishment. He has written many law review articles, in addition to op-eds and essays for the New York Times, the Atlantic, the New Republic, the Nation, and the Washington Post. His first book is the critically acclaimed “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America”, which explores how decisions made by black leaders, often with the best of intentions, contributed to disproportionately incarcerating black and brown people. A Washington Post bestseller, “Locking Up Our Own” was longlisted for the National Book Award and has been named a Best Book of the Year by numerous publications.

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Raj Jayadev

Raj Jayadev is a community organizer creating a model of grassroots collective action that gives individuals facing incarceration, their families, and their communities an active role in their defense. His work in criminal justice reform has grown out of his social activism work with Silicon Valley De-Bug, an organization he co-founded in 2001. De-Bug began as a magazine about issues affecting low-wage manufacturing, temporary workers, and it has since evolved into a multidimensional platform for community organizing, social justice advocacy, and multimedia storytelling by low-income, minority, incarcerated, and other disenfranchised communities.

Through De-Bug, Raj and his colleagues also started a family organizing model called the Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project – a methodology for families and communities to impact the outcome of cases of their loved ones and change the landscape of power in the courts. Raj is currently an Ashoka Fellow and a Rosenberg Foundation Leading Edge Fellow. His writing and work has appeared and been profiled in media outlets such as the New York Times,, and National Public Radio.

Pretrial Justice: A Report on the Cash Bail System

The Minneapolis Foundation commissioned a report to shed light on pretrial justice. This report explores the institution of bail and the efforts of local and national leaders to reform a historically unjust system.

Thank you to our partners who helped create this report and are supporting the
Foundation’s bail reform efforts. Contributors include Joshua Page and Victoria Piehowski
from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal, and Chanda
Smith Baker and Brandon Williams from The Minneapolis Foundation.

Read the Report


For questions and more details about this event, please contact Brandon Williams at