Conditions of Confinement

October 30, 2015
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Conditions of Confinement: Mass Incarceration and Access to Information

October 30, 2015 7-8:30pm
The New School
Klein Conference Room, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall, Room A510
66 West 12th St, NYC
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How do people get books to read in jail? How is information about getting and staying healthy disseminated among incarcerated people? Who can connect people with resources when they get out of prison?

Join advocates, activists, educators, and librarians to discuss barriers to information and other human rights violations for people in the criminal justice system, and what we on the outside can do to help.

Speakers: Nick Franklin, Johnny Perez, Laura Whitehorn

NICK FRANKLIN has served at Brooklyn Public Library for 18 years as a young adult services librarian and a neighborhood branch manager. In his current role as Coordinator for Transitional Services, Nick helps to extend the reach of library services to homeless and incarcerated library patrons.

JOHNNY PEREZ is a non-attorney mental health advocate for the Urban Justice Center’s Mental Health Project, a law firm providing pro-bono legal representation to underserved populations affected by social justice issues. When he is not advocating on behalf of New York’s most vulnerable populations, Mr. Perez works to change the status quo of unjust policies and practices as a member of pro-social groups including the Jails Action Coalition, the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC), and the New York Reentry Education Network. Johnny is also a member of the Bar Association’s Correction and Reentry Committee.

LAURA WHITEHORN spent 14 years in federal prison and was released in 1999. She edited The War Before, by the late Black Panther political prisoner and organizer Safiya Bukhari (Feminist Press, 2010) and is co-editor-in-chief of “Turn It Up! Staying Strong Inside,” a one-time magazine and resource guide for incarcerated people. She lives in New York City and is an organizer for Release Aging People in Prison/RAPP; @RAPPCampaign.

This event is organized by the Social Justice Special Interest Group of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) and co-sponsored by the Humanities Action Lab at The New School.

PLUS related discussion of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Tuesday, November 10, 4-5:30pm, METRO (57 E. 11th St, 4th Fl)