What is this program all about? UR Action and the Pennyslvania Prison Society are implementing "Consensus-Building for Incarceration Reduction: A Community Justice Program" (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 and community leaders (~15 from Adams County and ~15 from Philadelphia)
What are the program goals?
Increase familiarity with data on incarceration rates and jail conditions in Adams County and Philadelphia
Build consensus on reforms that would reduce incarceration across Adams County and Philadelphia
Develop and implement county-specific strategies to reduce incarceration, improve jail conditions, strengthen re-entry, etc.
Build relationships among participants through homestays, shared meals, and collaboration on criminal justice reform
What is the plan?We'll be convening in Gettysburg and Philadelphia on the following dates:
Gettysburg on Sept 10-11
Philadelphia on Sept. 19
Gettysburg on Sept. 26
Philadelphia on Oct. 11-12
Implement separate Adams County and Philadelphia County advocacy strategies during October through January
We'll be working together in several ways:
Criminal justice expert presentations
Small group discussions and action planning + report-outs to full group
Use of process tools to develop influence and advocacy strategies
Social activities to build relationships
External communication to amplify our impact
What is the commitment between October and January? Adams County and Philadelphia participants will implement their respective county-specific strategies to reduce incarceration, improve jail conditions, strengthen re-entry, etc. Strategies could include public statements, social media, newsletters, and/or conferences.
When is the registration deadline? Friday, August 30, 2019 at 11:59 pm Eastern.