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Discussion: Re-Envisioning Justice: What is Between Reform and Abolition of the Criminal Justice System?

April 24, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

With 2.3 million individuals locked away in correctional facilities, and close to 5 million more on parole or probation, the United States has earned the dubious title of being the global leader in incarceration, ahead of Russia and China. On the occasion of Prison Obscura, an exhibition that sheds light on the U.S. prison industrial complex, Newspace will hold a discussion on the circumstances that lead individuals to enter our criminal justice system, the conditions they face once they are imprisoned, and the difficulties confronting them once they are released. Few disagree that there is urgent need to overhaul the justice system, and the approaches to do so vary greatly. In this discussion we will hear short presentations from individuals who have had firsthand experience within the system and working from the outside to offer on-the-ground solutions to the realities of those we incarcerate. A discussion will follow on the initiatives currently in place to alleviate prisoner conditions and the ways in which we all can contribute to a re-envisioning of the U.S. justice system.

This event takes place at Newspace Center for Photography (1632 SE 10th Ave).


Janis Puracal, Oregon Innocence Project
Melissa Salazar, Oregon Prison Project
Emily Squires, Columbia River Correctional Institution
Johnny Stallings, Open Hearts Open Minds



April 24, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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