About Consensus-Building for Incarceration Reform (CBIR)
What is this program all about? UR Action and the Pennyslvania Prison Society are implementing CBIR to advance collaborative efforts to reduce incarceration and improve prospects for offenders and ex-offenders in Adams County and Philadelphia. The program is funded by the Vera Institute of Justice.
Who will participate? Criminal justice reform advocates, community leaders, criminal justice officials, and county jail administrators (~15 from Adams County and ~15 from Philadelphia)
What are the program goals?
Strengthen the influence, advocacy, and consensus-building capacity of our network of criminal justice reform advocates, community leaders, criminal justice officials, and county jail administrators
Increase familiarity with data on incarceration rates and jail conditions in Adams County and Philadelphia
Develop and implement advocacy strategies to reduce incarceration and improve jail conditions
Build relationships among participants through homestays, shared meals, and collaboration
What are the key activities?
Leadership training in Gettysburg on Sept. 10-11 to strengthen participants’ consensus-building, influence, and advocacy skills
“Lessons Learned” forum in Philadelphia on Sept. 19 to share experiences across the two counties of what has worked and not worked in advocating for improving jail conditions and reducing incarceration
Data analysis workshop in Gettysburg on Sept. 26 to discuss incarceration data and develop data-driven narratives on the need for incarceration reform
Consensus-building and advocacy strategies workshop in Philadelphia on Oct. 11-12 to align on a public statement on criminal justice reform in PA and develop separate county-specific advocacy strategies
Implement separate Adams County and Philadelphia County advocacy strategies during October through January
Do I need to commit to participating in all five activities to be able to participate in the program? Yes – every activity will build on previous ones. If an unexpected conflict arises for you, we will figure out together how to overcome that. What is the commitment between October and January? During Activity #4, Adams County participants will devise an advocacy strategy on criminal justice that they would like to implement in Adams County. Philadelphia participants will do the same in Philadelphia. Strategies could include public statements, social media, newsletters, and/or conferences. Participants will together decide what efforts are required.
When is the registration deadline? Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 11:59 pm Eastern.