Invitation: Philanthropy NY’s The End of Mass Incarceration
Today, more than 60% of those who are incarcerated are racial and ethnic minorities. For black males in their 30’s, 1 in 10 are in jail on any given day. Despite the enormity of the problem, approximately 1% of all philanthropic dollars goes to criminal justice reform with the smallest percentage in Southern states. On Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 8:30am to 12:00pm join Philanthropy NY to learn from frontline Southern leaders who are activists in the fight to end mass incarceration through a variety of strategies, including advocacy/education, litigation, organization and strategic communications. This session will also cover the strides smaller foundations can make to share information and play a role in the justice reform field. To RSVP and learn more, click here.
Stepping Up the Fight to Radically Transform Youth Justice: Katayoon Majd recently wrote a post on the YTFG website regarding a new effort, the Youth First! initiative, which aims to tackle the challenges involved in pursuing fair and effective treatment of youth by pushing for a fundamental restructuring of youth justice. “With seed funding from the Andrus Family Fund, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Butler Family Fund, and Public Welfare Foundation, Youth First! is pursuing the bold goal of ending the use of youth prisons—what it calls “the signature feature” of juvenile justice systems.” To read more, see here.
Reauthorization of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act
The Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice voted 8-2 for a slate of recommendations related to the reauthorization of the JJDPA, the law that sets standards for juvenile justice programs. States must comply with the law to receive funding for their programs. Legislation that would update the law has cleared a Senate committee and is expected to reach the Senate floor this fall. The committee’s recommendations support many of those updates, such as increased data collection and reporting requirements, as long as additional funding is provided. Read more.
Mass Incarceration Becomes the New Welfare State:
The Atlantic summarizes the Ta-Nehisi Coates’ article, Revisiting the Moynihan Report, to demonstrate how mass incarceration is a “perverse form of social spending that uses state power to address a host of social problems at the back end, from poverty to drug addiction to misbehavior in school.” This very unique and insightful analysis shows how “even as this spending exacts a toll on those it targets, it confers economic benefits on others, creating employment in white rural areas, an enormous government-sponsored market in prison supplies, and cheap labor for businesses.” To read more on how Coates connects this phenomenon to the Moynihan report, see here. To read Coates’ argument, click here.
Burden of Mass Incarceration Falls on Families
New study finds families incur average debt of $13,607 to pay for visits, phone bills and court-related fees demonstrating how the burden of mass incarceration falls on poor families. Read more in this Al Jazeera article.
Confining Youth for Profit | Policy Platform
“Youth in trouble with the law are a public responsibility…American public agencies often work with private business to achieve goals that we as a society have all agreed are for the common good, such as repairing our highways, delivering power to our homes, or collecting the trash. The privatization of youth confinement facilities is now widespread in the United States; almost half of the youth facilities in the country are privately operated. While many of these private facilities are owned or operated by non-profits, we focus this policy platform on for-profit facilities, which pose a unique and significant risk to youth. Read the National Juvenile Justice Network’s policy platform.