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Myths of Public Safety: Pretrial
The theme of this year's speaker series is Myths of Public Safety. Myths abound about what public safety is and how it is achieved. These myths have been the basis of efforts toward mass incarceration, aided in the destruction of lives and communities, and fed huge racial disparities all the while, research shows, making the public less safe.

We will be joined by guests who have helped to debunk these myths. Through discussions about both lived experience and innovative research, we hope to guide policymakers, practitioners, advocates, researchers, and community members in envisioning new practices, procedures, and policies that will bring about safe and thriving communities for all.

This fall our focus will be Pretrial:

9/21/22 -- What If?—Pretrial Justice Institute's Campaign to Spark Local Pretrial Change with Meghan Guevara and Tenille Patterson, Pretrial Justice Institute

9/28/22 -- The Costs and Consequences of Bail and Pretrial Detention with Megan Stevenson, University of Virginia School of Law

POSTPONED -- No New Jails? No Old Jails? Charting a Path Forward for Women Detained on Riker’s Island with Andrea James, National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls |
Sharon White-Harrigan, Women’s Community Justice Association |
Vincent Schiraldi, Columbia Justice Lab

10/26/22 -- Does Reform Affect Community Safety? Fighting Disinformation around the Illinois Pretrial Fairness Act with
Sharone Mitchell, Cook County Public Defender and
Will Tanzman, The People’s Lobby and Illinois Network for Pretrial Justice

11/16/22 -- Do people really get lawyers upon arrest? The indigent counsel crisis hiding in plain sight with Aditi Goel, Sixth Amendment Center

11/30/22 -- Constitutional Rights vs. Institutional Capacity: What Happens If Defendants Collectively Refuse Pleas? with Prof. Andrew Manuel Crespo, Harvard Law School
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