Bail Reform Summit
We need significant, structural changes to our criminal justice system. On Friday, October 18, the Minneapolis Foundation will gather local and national changemakers to take close look at our newly commissioned pretrial justice report, created in partnership with the University of Minnesota, and to discuss the local actions that can be taken to move the system forward.
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.
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.
Pretrial Justice Report
This report explores the institution of bail and the efforts of local and national leaders to reform a historically unjust system.
Knowing Your Power
In this podcast, James Forman Jr. talks with Chanda Smith Baker about the lessons to keep in mind when reforming the criminal legal system.