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
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