UJC Speaker Series:

Solitary Confinement: Inside, Out | RSVP

March 21, 2016

6-7 pm: Private Reception for UJC’s Young Professional Network

7-8:30 pm: Moderated conversation followed by reception

Event Description

“Solitary Confinement: Inside, Out” is a moderated conversation featuring thought leaders on mass incarceration and criminal justice.

A staff writer for The New Yorker who has chronicled the lives of individuals living on the margins, Jennifer Gonnerman’s investigative reports on Khaleif Browder — a teen who committed suicide after spending three years in jail without a trial — was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize and helped focus national attention on the injustice of solitary confinement and the U.S. mass incarceration system.

Award-winning artist Gregory Sale creates frameworks for individuals directly affected by the criminal justice system, connecting them with communities and initiating discourse around charged social problems.

Patricia J. Williams's scholarship at Columbia University, books, and monthly column, "Diary of A Mad Law Professor" (The Nation Magazine) explores the intersection between race, media, and America’s legal system.

Award-winning journalist Maurice Chammah (The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, staff writer at The Marshall Project) has investigated the failure of laws meant to prevent rapes of juveniles in adult prisons, the usage of psychological testing on sex offenders, and the ways in which American prison officials were influenced by studying incarceration in Germany.

UJC advocate Johnny Perez is a national spokesperson connecting mental illness to criminal justice and assist incarcerated individuals in their re-entry process.

The event will be opened by UJC’s founder, Doug Lasdon and introduced by artist Marisa Morán Jahn — who curated the exhibition at UJC featuring Gregory Sale’s work (see description below) alongside prints by Favianna Rodriguez.

Related Exhibition

An artist whose work supports individuals transitioning from incarceration to freedom who often face steep barriers to finding employment or a place to live, Gregory Sale collaborated with UJC’s Safe Re-entry Advocate, Johnny Perez, social worker Susan Goodwillie, and fourteen individuals recently released from prison. Through a workshop and installation at UJC entitled “Rap Sheet to Resume”, they explored the notion of "threads" (uniforms, costumes, suits, or dresses) worn while inside prison and the threads project participants envision wearing in the future. The participants collaborating with Sale reflect on their selection of the color green that anchors their site-specific work: individuals incarcerated in New York State commonly wear green uniforms, which many of the workshop participants find ironic, because it correlates to the color of money the state yields from their labor. See the work at Urban Justice Center's office located at 40 Rector Street, 9th Floor, New York, 10001. Check out the review in ArtNet!

UJC Speaker Series

As one of the nation’s leading legal service providers to over 19,000 of New York City’s most vulnerable residents each year, the Urban Justice Center (UJC) believes that conversation and community education play an important role alongside legal advocacy. By fostering dialogue amongst thought leaders and cultural producers, UJC invites new ways to reflect upon its work, forge new connections, foster innovation, and to move the public to take action on issues critical to its mission.