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BRAVE Communities' Panel Discussion on Criminal Justice--Reform

  • Impact Hub Austin 411 West Monroe Street, Austin, Texas 78704 (map)

The United States is the world's leader in incarceration. A few mind-boggling information:

**There are 2.2 million people in the nation’s prisons and jails—a 500% increase over the last 40 years. 
**1 in every 37 adults in the United States, or 2.7% of the adult population, is under some form of correctional supervision. 
**Though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately 32% of the US population, they comprised 56% of all incarcerated people in 2015.
**In the United States, a black person is 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than a white person is, despite approximately equal rates of use.
**Private prisons are a ~$80 billion/annual industry in the USA.
**Immigrants, regardless of legal status, commit crimes at lower rates than native-born citizens. However, among the 189,000 people in federal prisons, 22% are non-citizens. Immigration law violations were the most serious offense for one-third of non-citizens serving federal prison sentences.

These startling statistics are a result of changes in law and policy, not changes in crime rates. Learn more from subject matter experts that are leading the charge for criminal justice reform and the reentry process. The panelists will share firsthand experiences and insights into the criminal justice system. Join us for a power hour (plus) of insightful information + time to ask questions and network with like-minded Austinites that want a more just and equitable society. 

Guest Speakers:
Lewis Conway Jr.., Criminal Justice Organizer with Grassroots Leadership and Texas Advocates for Justice (TAJ). Conway recently made history in declaring his candidacy for a City Council seat.
-Latreese Cooke Executive Director of ME3LJ Center and Radio Personality of KAZI 88.7FM The Voice and Soul of Austin.
-Katie Ford, Executive Director of Truth Be Told 
-Darwin Hamilton, an active community leader, speaker, and author. Serves on Grassroots Leadership board and Reentry Advocacy Project
-Lauren Johnson, Criminal Justice Outreach Coordinator at ACLU. Active with Grassroots Leadership & The Texas Observer.

Anticipated Agenda (subject to change):
6:00pm - Doors Open. Networking opportunities.
6:30pm - Panel discussion begins with Q&A.
8:00pm - What's Next & Call to Action.
8:15pm - Networking opportunities.
8:30pm - Program concludes.

Impact Hub Austin - Monroe (Off S. 1st) has limited free on-site parking on Monroe St., however, there is more free parking in the former Jovita lot. Snacks and drinks provided. Please RSVP on Eventbrite for a free event.