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May 14, 5-7pm ET, Zoom: Grassroots Abolitionist Assessment of Reforms Webinar
May 14 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Registration via Zoom is required to get an invite to this event.
Please note: This event is taking place 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. CT/ 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. ET.
Join Survived & Punished New York for a workshop and presentation of their recent report “Preserving Punishment Power: An Abolitionist Assessment of NY Reforms.” You can access the report in full here.
This document represents our analysis of criminal punishment system reforms passed in New York in 2019. The public health crisis of COVID-19 that hit NYC in early 2020 has already had a deep impact on the carceral structures of the city and state. We, like other abolitionists, are working to understand exactly what the pandemic’s immediate and long term effects are, and to continue our work under these new conditions.
We hope that this abolitionist assessment of these recent reforms can serve as a durable resource for organizers considering progressive-seeming but carceral state-expanding legislation and policies that come about in their locales, both during this pandemic and beyond. We know that criminal justice reformers and elected officials will use this moment to add new draconian powers into their arsenal, as we already see in Governor Cuomo’s expansion of pretrial detention.