"Statewide Forum on Privatization of Prisons, Mass Incarceration and Prison Reform in Michigan"
Washtenaw County Democratic Party Black Caucus, Public Action Committee for Justice, EMU Department of Diversity and Community Involvement and Michigan Black Caucus - Local Elected Officials
Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)
Private prisons create a cycle of criminalization that tears at the heart of our communities. This forum will bring together local and state elected officials, civic leaders and community activists to:
- Educate our community about private prisons and the companies that build them;
- Examine legislation that governs policy for state prisons and our judicial system; and
- Explore best practices to address mass incarceration, the school-to-prison pipeline, prison reform and their impact on the local community.
8:30 – 10:00 am Continental Breakfast
WELCOME: Reggie Barnes – Director, Diversity and Community Involvement
INVOCATION: Elder Rickey Jefferson – Metropolitan Memorial Baptist Church
OPENING COMMENTS: Rod Casey - Chair, Public Action Committee for Justice; Erane Washington – Law Firm of Erane C. Washington-‐Kendrick, PLLC
9:10 – 9:20 am
OVERVIEW - Professor Paul Leighton, Ph.D. – Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology (EMU)
9:20 – 10:45 am
LEGISLATION AND PUBLIC POLICY - Moderator: State Representative David Rutledge, District 54 (Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township, Superior Township)
- State Senator Rebekah Warren, District 18 (Washtenaw County)
- State Representative Jeff Irwin, District 53 (Ann Arbor)
- State Representative Harvey Santana, District 9 (Detroit)
- Laura Sager – Executive Director, Citizens Alliance on Prisons & Public Spending (Lansing)
- Russ Marlan – Public Information Officer, Michigan Department of Corrections
- Miya Williamson – Financial Secretary, UAW Local 6000
10:45 – 11:00 am BREAK
11:00 – 12:10 pm
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS - Moderator: Claudia Young – Public Action Committee for Justice
- Shamar Herron – Workforce Development Manager (Washtenaw County)
- Cheikh Mbacké – President, Michigan Association of Black Social Workers
- Phyllis Watson-Loudermill – Owner, HER COmpany & Premier Apprentice Group
- Melanie Harner – Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights
- Mark Fancher – Racial Justice Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union
- Chuck Warpehoski – Executive Director, Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice
- Natalie Holbrook – Co-Director, American Friends Service Committee
12:00 – 1:00 pm
LUNCH / KEYNOTE SPEAKER - State Representative Fred Durhal, District 5 (Detroit) Introduction: Wilma Gold-Jones – Vice Chair, Washtenaw Cty Democratic Party
1:00 – 1:15 pm BREAK
1:50 – 2:45 pm
ADDRESSING THE IMPACT OF MASS INCARCERATION (STRATEGIC ACTION) - Moderator: Reggie Barnes – Director, Diversity and Community Involvement (EMU)
- Dr. Ural Hill, M.Div., Ph.D. – Owner, Hill & Associates, LLC/HOTEP, Inc.
- Emmet Mitchell – Founder and Executive Chair, The Milestones Agency, Inc.
- Mary King – Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative (Washtenaw County)
- Craig Jefferson – EMU Senior (former ex-offender)
- Lois DeMott – Co-Founder, Citizens for Prison Reform
- Keith Bennett – Flip the Script Program (Goodwill Industries)
2:45 – 3:00 pm
CLOSING REMARKS: FUTURE ACTION - Lefiest H. Galimore – Vice Chair, Public Action Committee for Justice
REGISTRATION IS FREE AND REQUIRED FOR LUNCH (Provided for all registrants with tickets).
For more information, contact Lefiest H. Galimore, Vice Chair, Public Action Committee for Justice, at email@example.com or (734) 757-5225, or Reggie Barnes, Director, Diversity and Community Involvement (EMU) at firstname.lastname@example.org or (734) 487-6790.