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Smart Decarceration Initiative 2nd National Conference

Tools and Tactics:
Promising Solutions to Advance the Era of Smart Decarceration

 November 2-4, 2017

 University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
969 E. 60th St., Chicago, Illinois


The goal of this conference was to promote the integration of research, practice, and policy into the building—and sustaining—of the decarceration era. The conference featured keynote addresses, panels, and breakout sessions with national experts, people with lived experience, policy-makers, and advocates who are actively engaged in the decarceration movement.


THURSDAY NOVEMBER 2ND  6:00-8:00 pm          

Conference Kick-off Event: 
A Conversation with Susan Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women
Susan Burton, Author of "Becoming Ms. Burton" and Founder & Executive Director of  A New Way of Life
Reuben Miller, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 3RD  8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Welcoming Remarks:
Deborah Gorman-Smith, Interim Dean of the School of Social Service Administration and Emily Klein Gidwitz Professor
Matthew Epperson, Associate Professor, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and Co-Founder & Co-Director, Smart Decarceration Initiative
Carrie Pettus-Davis, Assistant Professor, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis and Co-Founder & Co-Director, Smart Decarceration Initiative

Morning Keynote Presentation:
Karol Mason, President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Former United States Assistant Attorney General

Special Address to the Smart Decarceration Conference:
Richard J. Durbin, Senior U.S. Senator from Illinois

Panel 1: Implementing decarceration-focused policy innovations
Katie Hill, Director of Policy, Research, and Development, State's Attorney’s Office, Cook County, Illinois
Marc Levin, Policy Director, Right on Crime
Kristy Danford, Project Director, Charleston County (South Carolina) Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Charles E. Lewis, Jr. (Moderator): President, Congressional Research Institute for Social Work & Policy

Small Group Breakout Sessions    

Panel 2: Addressing Violence and Criminal Justice Reform in Chicago
Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County, IL Board President
Dan Cooper, Executive Director, Center for Equitable Cities, Adler University
Curtis Toler, Community Change Leader, Chicago CRED
Paula Wolff (Moderator), Director, Illinois Justice Project

Afternoon Keynote Presentation:
Marc Mauer, Executive Director, The Sentencing Project 

Panel 3: Driving Change: People most impacted by incarceration
Alec Karakatsanis, Founder & Executive Director, Civil Rights Corps
Aqeela Sherrills, National Training Director, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, Alliance for Safety & Justice
Khalil Cumberbatch, Associate Vice President of Policy, The Fortune Society
Azadeh Zohrabi (Moderator), Development Director, Legal Services for Prisoner’s with Children 

Evening Keynote Presentation:

How to Fight for Justice and Win 
Shaun King

7:00 - 8:30 pm
Doors opened at 6.

University of Chicago
Rockefeller Chapel
5850 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 4TH  8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Panel 4: Reducing Behavioral Health Inequities in the Criminal Justice System
Nancy Wolff, Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University
Amy Blank Wilson, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina School of Social Work
Jason Jones, Police Officer and Coordinator, Crisis Intervention Team, Portland (Oregon) Police Bureau
Pam Rodriguez (Moderator), President & CEO, Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities

Panel 5: Organizing for Decarceration
Janos Marton, Director of Policy & Campaigns, JustLeadershipUSA
Stephen Tripodi, Associate Professor, Florida State University College of Social Work
Gina Fedock, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
Jo-Ann Wallace, President & CEO, National Legal Aid and Defender Association
Michael Sherraden  (Moderator), George Warren Brown Distinguished University Professor, Founder & Director, Center for Social Development, Washington University in St. Louis

Keynote Presentation:
Ronald Sullivan, Professor & Director, Criminal Justice Institute, Harvard Law School

For more information, please contact:

Smart Decarceration Initiative
University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
Center for Social Development, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis

Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention
Equitas Foundation
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights at the University of Chicago 
The University of Chicago Center for Health Administration Studies
The University of Chicago Office of the Provost
The University of Chicago Urban
Washington University in St. Louis, Brown School
Washington University in St. Louis, Center for Social Development

Washington University in St. Louis, Provost's Office