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American Justice Summit Draws Packed Audience to Discuss Inequities of Mass Incarceration

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NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, author Piper Kerman, activist Harry Belafonte (on the phone), New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, CNN and The New Yorker legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin were among the notables that headlined the first American Justice Summit program hosted at John Jay College on Monday, November 10th. Tina Brown Live Media, in association with John Jay College, presented this half-day forum of intense conversations and thoughtful panel discussions on the personal, social, and financial inequities of a prison system that currently incarcerates over 2.3 million Americans. President Travis, in his remarks about the growth of incarceration in the U.S., said succinctly: “It's our democracy that got us into this fix. It's our democracy that needs to get us out of this fix.”

Sponsored by Credit Suisse, the Ford Foundation, and the Investigation Discovery Network, the Summit focused 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. VICE News and The Marshall Project joined as media partners.

The event was livestreamed by and the video of the entire Summit is available here.  Individual segments are available here.