The Real Cost of Mass Incarceration
Justice Not Jails
In the panel I'm proposing I do want to bring in a theological angle on mass incarceration (a people-centered political economy and good theology being closely intertwined), but the session will not be focused primarily on leveraging the social justice capital of faith communities. It will drill down deep on the economics: e.g., how it's still possible, in 2017 and in "liberal" Los Angeles, to be embarking on a $3.5 billion jail expansion project. How it's still possible in "liberal" California to cage people for life without the possibility of parole--people who weren't even the primary lawbreakers but who were still ensnared as accessories. How much of the "rehabilitation" industry actually needs high recidivism to main profitability, that kind of thing.
SATURDAY November 4th - 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Justice Not Jails
Rev. Peter Laarman serves on the Justice Not Jails steering committee. He formerly directed Progressive Christians Uniting, the LA-based network of activist individuals and congregations that first launched Justice Not Jails in 2012 as a multifaith initiative. He served as the senior minister of New York’s Judson Memorial Church from 1994 to 2004. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, Peter spent 15 years as a labor movement strategist and communications specialist prior to training for ministry.
A New Way of Life
Lynne Lyman is the California state director for the Drug Policy Alliance. Based in Los Angeles, Lyman leads the criminal justice reform work and manages all other aspects of the statewide policy and advocacy work. A native of Los Angeles, Lyman joined the Drug Policy Alliance in 2012, after working with the civil rights organization, Advancement Project, on issues of violence reduction, community policing and criminal justice reform. Before that, Lyman was the principal of Public Cause Consulting, a Los Angeles-Boston firm that provided services in policy development, political advocacy, and capacity building to community based organizations and government entities seeking to address social problems confronting inner city communities, particularly issues relating to racial justice, youth violence and juvenile justice system reform. In Massachusetts, Lyman held positions within State and Boston City governments. As a special assistant in the office of Boston’s Mayor and as the Director of Justice and Prevention for the Executive Office of Public Safety for MA, Lyman worked on community violence reduction and criminal justice system reform. In California, Lyman worked as an aide to members of Congress, the State Legislature and the City Council, in addition to managing political campaigns for numerous politicians in the Los Angeles area. Lynne received her M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2001, where her graduate work focused on the criminal justice system and leadership. Among other distinctions, Lynne had the honor of receiving the Barbara Jordan Memorial Leadership Award given once a year to the most outstanding female student exhibiting leadership and commitment to public service. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley in 1996. Lynne lives in Los Angeles with her daughter, Kalia.
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