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Reminder: May 30th — Reimagining the Justice System’s Approach to Violent Crime
May 30, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am EDT

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Public Release and Discussion
Reimagining the Justice System’s Approach to Violent Crime

Thursday, May 30th,
Penn Club, Tarnopol Room
30 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036
1:30pm to 2:30pm ET

Please join the Square One Project’s Executive Session on the Future of Justice Policy and the Emerging Adult Justice Learning Community for a presentation and discussion of two new papers: “Reconsidering the ‘Violent Offender'” and “Thinking About Emerging Adults and Violent Crime.” These two papers present policy recommendations on how the justice system should approach violence.

The event will feature the following speakers:


  • Bruce Western, Co-Director of the Justice Lab and Professor of Sociology and Social Justice at Columbia University


  • Vinny Schiraldi, Co-Director of the Justice Lab and Senior Research Scientist at Columbia University School of Social Work (moderator)

  • Jim Austin, President of the JFA Institute

  • Bianca Bersani, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston

  • Liz Glazer, Director of NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

  • Frankie Guzman, Staff Attorney at the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL)

RSVP to attend the event in-person or via livestream

The Square One Project is a Columbia University Justice Lab initiative dedicated to reimagining the future of justice and public safety. Funded by the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge, Arnold Ventures, Galaxy Gives, and The Joyce Foundation, The Square One Project is focused on conducting a foundational reevaluation of justice policy in this country – moving toward expanding opportunity, improving public safety in local communities, and reducing reliance on punishment as a response to social problems that are so often rooted in poverty, violence, and racial discrimination. Square One organizes and hosts a variety of facilitated forums that elevate existing work and spur innovative ideas that can be implemented in communities nationwide. By bringing together researchers, advocates, community members, policymakers, practitioners, and other stakeholders, we’re transforming our thinking about safety, thriving communities, and justice.

The Emerging Adult Justice Learning Community (EAJLC) is a carefully organized collaborative learning environment that brings together researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and advocates twice a year over a three-year period in order to create more developmentally appropriate, effective and fairer criminal justice responses for youths ages 18 – 25. Participants of the Learning Community are all engaged in some aspect of this work in their professional pursuits. Despite the fact that emerging adults have some of the worst criminal justice outcomes in our justice system and suffer the most stark racial disparities, little attention has been paid to the research that would support new and improved justice system responses. The Learning Community’s goals are to provide researchers and policymakers access to one another in order to increase learning, practice and policy innovations by translating academic research into effective policies and developing opportunities to research burgeoning practices that contribute to a more equitable treatment of this population. The Learning Community is supported by the William T. Grant Foundation, Open Philanthropy Project and Rosenberg Foundation.

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