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The American Justice Summit

To view The American Justice Summit programclick here.
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Tina Brown Live Media, in association with John Jay College of Criminal Justice, today announced The American Justice Summit — a series of panels and conversations that will explore the personal, social, and financial inequities of a prison system that currently incarcerates over 2.3 million Americans. The American Justice Summit will convene on Monday, November 10th, in the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 West 59th Street, New York, NY.

Sponsored by Credit Suisse, the Ford Foundation, and the Investigation Discovery Network, the Summit will focus on a growing consensus around the urgent need for reforms to the criminal justice system, from the perspective of those who have been affected by it and are trying to change it.

“Criminal justice reform is a burning national issue,” says Tina Brown, Founder and CEO of Tina Brown Live Media. “The mission of this Summit is to shine a light on an accelerating crisis and showcase the people who offer creative new solutions.”

Media partners for the event are VICE News, which will livestream the Summit on, and The Marshall Project, a not-for-profit, non-partisan news organization devoted to coverage of the criminal justice system. Joining knowledge partners, the Ford Foundation and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is JustLeadershipUSA, a non-profit organization that invests in those who have been directly affected by crime and incarceration to drive policy reform.

The Summit will bring together the organizations and individuals who are working on innovative, cost-effective solutions to America’s outdated, socially destructive system at both the policy and grassroots levels. The half-day of programs will illuminate pivotal aspects of the criminal justice system. John Jay College President Jeremy Travis will present recent powerful data from his National Academy of Sciences report and book The Growth of Incarceration in the United States; Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice President & Founder Francis Greenburger and Phoenix House Founder Mitch Rosenthal will speak on the overincarceration of the addicted and mentally ill; activist andOrange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison author Piper Kerman will provide personal reflections about the conditions of confinement; Burning Down the House author and journalist Nell Bernstein and Equal Justice Initiative Founder Bryan Stevenson will talk about efforts to stem the flow of youth from school to prison; and Author and screenwriter Richard Price will talk about his recent visit to Sing Sing Correctional Facility to meet with inmates attempting to repair relationships with their children. Other debates and conversations will include: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on murder reduction, a conversation between CNN and The New Yorker legal analyst Jeffrey Toobinand NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on new directions for his NYPD, and a panel with reformerPennsylvania Secretary for Corrections John E. Wetzel, Judge Eric Harmon, former inmate turned activist Glenn E. Martin and victim’s advocate and National Organization of Victims of Juvenile Murderers Founder Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins.

“Credit Suisse is proud to be a sponsor of the American Justice Summit,” said Pamela Thomas-Graham, Credit Suisse’s Chief Marketing and Talent Officer and Head of PB&WM New Markets. “This is an important issue for all Americans, and requires a coordinated bipartisan response.”

“We are pleased to support this groundbreaking gathering to bring criminal justice reform to the forefront and to harness the growing momentum to fix a system we know is broken,” said Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation.

For more details about the program, please click here.

Tina Brown Live Media is a company dedicated to summits, salons, flash forums and debates. Its marquee event is the annual Women in the World summit at Lincoln Center in New York. Launched by Tina Brown in 2010, the summit convenes extraordinary leaders such as Meryl Streep, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie and Christine Lagarde as well as inspirational activists and political change-makers from all over the world. They come to share their stories, and offer solutions to building a better life for women and girls. Tina Brown Live Media is currently expanding the Women in the World brand with smaller salon-style events around the U.S. and globally.

Credit Suisse Group is a leading financial services company, advising clients in all aspects of finance, across the globe and around the clock. Its PB&WM New Markets initiative seeks to advance financial opportunity among three client groups: Women, African-Americans and members of the LGBT community.​

The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than 75 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.​

John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York, an international leader in educating for justice, offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit

Since opening its doors in 1988, the Gerald W. Lynch Theater has been an invaluable cultural resource for John Jay College and the larger New York City community. The Theater is dedicated to the creation and presentation of performing arts programming of all disciplines with a special focus on how the artistic imagination can shed light on the many perceptions of justice in our society. The Theater is also a member of CUNY Stages, a consortium of 16 performing arts centers located on CUNY campuses across New York City. For more information, and to view a schedule of events, please

Investigation Discovery is America’s leading mystery and suspense television network. From harrowing crimes to in-depth investigations, ID challenges our everyday understanding of culture and society.​

VICE News is an award-winning digital news channel catering to a global youth audience that features hundreds of hours of provocative, immersive news programming from around the world. Operating in 35 countries with a vast network of contributors, VICE News is committed to uncovering the underreported stories around the world using an immersive style of storytelling and pioneering journalism techniques including livestreaming and an innovative partnership with Skype. VICE News offers in-depth video and editorial content, including international reporting, recurring franchises, short-form and feature-length documentaries, Vine and Instagram, and live-streaming from some of the most pressing news events of our time.

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