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Decarceration and Community: COVID-19 and Beyond (Part I)

June 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Radcliffe Institute is offering a two-part series of virtual programs to explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on incarcerated people.

Part I of this discussion series, cosponsored by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, focuses on people in jails and prisons as well as the communities from which they come and to which they will return. The panelists work directly with people impacted by incarceration and several focus particularly on the all-too-often neglected plight of incarcerated women and their families. The discussion will probe how incarceration imperils particular communities and will illustrate the ways the COVID-19 crisis magnifies these inequities, with deadly results. Register online.


-Gina Clayton-Johnson, executive director and founder, Essie Justice Group

-Sofiyyah Elijah, executive director, Alliance of Families for Justice

-Andrea James, founder, Families for Justice as Healing; executive director, National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls

-Zach Norris, executive director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Moderated by Dehlia Umunna, clinical professor of law and faculty deputy director of the Criminal Justice Institute, Harvard Law School