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?
Strengthen the influence, advocacy, and consensus-building capacity of our network of criminal justice reform advocates and community leaders
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?
Data analysis + lessons learned forum in Gettysburg on Sept. 10-11 to discuss incarceration data and share experiences across the two counties of what has worked and not worked in advocating for improving jail conditions and reducing incarceration
Leadership training in Philadelphia on Sept. 19to strengthen participants’ consensus-building, influence, and advocacy skills
Consensus-building workshop in Gettysburg on Sept. 26 to develop data-driven narratives on the need for incarceration reform and align on a public statement on state-wide reform
Develop separate county-specific advocacy strategies in Philadelphia on Oct. 11-12
Implement separate Adams County and Philadelphia County advocacy strategies during October through January
What is the commitment between October and January? During Activity #4, Adams County participants will devise an advocacy strategy on criminal justice that they will 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? Monday, August 26, 2019 at 11:59 pm Eastern.