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Prison and Jail Innovation Lab

In Their Own Words [Video]


Summary:

Short video featuring several formerly incarcerated individuals and a family member talking about why we need independent oversight and how it benefits people in custody, their families, and staff. Featuring national justice reform leaders John Fabricius, Johnny Perez, Jennifer Toon, Lois Pullano, and Stanley Richards.
November 11, 2023
Prison and Jail Innovation Lab

Cruel and Not Unusual: Can America’s Prisons and Jails Change, and, If So, How?


Summary:

The Prison and Jail Innovation Lab hosted a two-day symposium that brought together the country’s leading experts on prison and jail conditions to reflect on some of the most critical and challenging issues in the field. Participants discussed what can be done to address the seemingly intractable horrific conditions in certain correctional systems, including the role of correctional oversight in addressing these issues, and debated whether meaningful reform of America’s prisons and jails is truly possible. 

Recordings of three of the conference panels are posted online:


February 3-4, 2023
2022 International Corrections & Prisons Association’s (ICPA) Annual Conference and General Meeting

External Prison Oversight, Human Rights and the Pandemic: International Perspectives


Summary:

During this session of the 2022 International Corrections & Prisons Association’s (ICPA) Annual Conference and General Meeting, panelists Ivan Zinger (Correctional Investigator of Canada) Michael Horowitz (Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice), and Fiona Rafter (Australia Inspector of Custodial Services) discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their respective agencies’ operations and ways they modified their approaches to deliver external oversight during an unprecedented public health emergency.
October 25, 2022
U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Prisons


Summary:

The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing on Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Witnesses testifying at the hearing included Colette Peters, Director of the Bureau of Prisons, Shane Fausey, President of Council of Prison Locals, John Wetzel, CEO Phronema Justice Strategies (and former Director of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections), and Cecilia Cardenas, formerly incarcerated person. The day before this hearing, Senators Jon Ossoff (GA) and Dick Durbin (IL) filed, “The Federal Prison Oversight Act of 2022.” 


September 29, 2022
Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

Uncounted Deaths in America’s Prisons and Jails: How the Department of Justice Failed to Implement the Death in Custody Reporting Ac


Summary:

The Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations held a hearing to discuss the failure of the U.S. Department of Justice to implement the Death in Custody Reporting Act. The discussion also included the DOJ’s process for notifying family members of the death of their incarcerated loved one. Witnesses included Vanessa Fano, sister of Jonathan Fano, who died in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison in Louisiana; Belinda Maley, mother of Matthew Loflin, who died in the Chatham County Detention Center in Georgia; Andrea Armstrong, Professor of Law at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law; Maureen A. Henneberg, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Operations and Management at the DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs.
September 20, 2022
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee

Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Prisons


Summary:

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held an oversight hearing for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons about the agency’s response to the COVID crisis in federal prisons. 

See also: Written testimony jointly submitted by Aaron Littman (UCLA COVID Behind Bars Data Project), Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein (COVID Prison Project), and Michele Deitch (COVID, Corrections, and Oversight Project at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs). 
April 15, 2021
The Rule of Law, Accountability, and Rights (PRILA) project at Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

Exploring Prison Oversight


Summary:

This one-day virtual conference brought together scholars, practitioners, people with lived experience, non-governmental organizations, policymakers, and oversight bodies to explore key issues in prison oversight in Europe. The conference provided an opportunity to discuss findings from research conducted by the PRILA project team about European models of correctional oversight.


November 26, 2020
The Debrief podcast by FingerLakes1.com

Prison Oversight Changes in New York State (Episode #115)


Summary:

What does prison oversight look like in New York State? Phillip Miller, the then-associate director of policy at the Correctional Association of New York (CANY), discusses a bill that would strengthen the oversight of New York’s state prison system. He also discusses the goals of independent external oversight and the ways this bill strengthens CANY’s ability to help the state achieve those goals.


June 12, 2020
National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement

Advocating for Jail and Prison Reform During COVID-19 and Beyond


Summary:

Panelists discuss the strategies being utilized during the COVID-19 crisis to secure releases and the status of release efforts in various jurisdictions, support for those who are released and the safety of those left behind, and oversight’s role in the process. Panelists include Andrea Armstrong, Professor of Law at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law; Patrisse Cullors, Co-founder of Black Lives Matter and Founder of Dignity and Power Now; Ronald F. Day, Vice President of Programs at The Fortune Society; Mark-Anthony Johnson, Founder of Frontline Wellness Network; Douglas Smith, Policy Analyst at the Texas Center for Justice and Equity.


April 19, 2020
National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE)

Strategies for Prisons, Jails, and Oversight Bodies During the COVID-19 Crisis


Summary:

National experts—including Cathleen Beltz, Homer Venters, Marc Stern, Michele Deitch, Aaron Littman, Max Huntsman and Sharon Dolovich—discuss strategies various jurisdictions across the country are undertaking to address the spread of COVID-19 in jails and prisons, including strategies for reducing jail and prison populations. Experts also discuss what the current crisis says about the past, present, and future of policies governing our nation’s corrections system. 


March 21, 2020