Saturday, October15, 2016 9:30 am – 1 pm
Light Breakfast & Networking: 9:30am TOPICS:
Restorative Justice • Alternatives to Mass Incarceration School-to-Prison Pipeline • More
In the Cafeteria, Downstairs at The Family Partnership Center 29 N. Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie,
WHAT: Poughkeepsie’s End the New Jim Crow Action Network (ENJAN) will host a teach-in on alternatives to Dutchess County’s plans to build a larger and more expensive jail.
The teach-in is co-sponsored by Beacon Prison Action • Dutchess County Progressive Action Alliance • Hudson Valley Black Lives Matter Coalition • Kingston ENJAN • New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) • Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson • Poughkeepsie Progressives • Poughkeepsie Unitarian Universalists • Race Unity Circle • Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Library
WHO: The event will feature several speakers and panelists, including noted civil rights attorney Michael Sussman, Dutchess County legislator Francena Amparo, Shannon Wong (NYCLU Lower Hudson Valley Chapter Director), and a representative from the Mid-Hudson Valley Black Lives Matter Coalition, among others. The End the New Jim Crow Action Network (ENJAN) will also release its 7-point plan for reducing the county’s jail population.
HOW/WHY: A solution to Dutchess County’s “jail problem” is long overdue. Though the county legislature passed a $192-million-dollar bond for a new facility, a bigger and more expensive jail is the wrong “solution” to jail overcrowding. Because the real sources of jail overcrowding are the failed policies of mass incarceration, End the New Jim Crow Action Network (ENJAN) calls on the county to implement several proposals that would significantly reduce the number of people in jail, increase public safety, and make Dutchess County a more equitable and just place to live for all its residents. This event informs concerned citizens about the complex and important issues of alternatives to mass incarceration, the school-to-prison pipeline, racial disparities in the criminal justice system, and more.
www.enjan.org • email@example.com • 845.475.8781