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The Google Space

What's The Story? Criminal Justice and Storytelling

01.23.2019 12:00 p.m.

“What’s the Story?” is a monthly speaker series, hosted by The Marshall Project, featuring prominent Americans as they explore how to create and disrupt narratives around criminal justice. This series will feature a conversation between Tayari Jones, Piper Kerman and David Simon. Moderated by Carroll Bogert, President of The Marshall Project. Best-selling novelist Tayari Jones is the author of "An American Marriage," which explores the devastating impact of a false conviction on a family and community. David Simon is a journalist, author, and the creative force behind multiple acclaimed television shows including The Wire, Homicide: Life On The Street, and the Deuce. Piper Kerman is the bestselling author of "Orange is the New Black," and teaches writing in two state prisons with Otterbein University. Lunch will be served. The series is sponsored by the Public Welfare Foundation.

The National Press Club

What's The Story? Criminal Justice and Public Opinion

11.13.2018 12:00 p.m.

“What’s the Story?” is a new monthly speaker series, hosted by The Marshall Project, featuring prominent Americans as they explore how to create and disrupt narratives around criminal justice. This series will feature a conversation between Celinda Lake, Khalil Cumberbatch and Michael Baselice. Moderated by Carroll Bogert, President of The Marshall Project. Celinda Lake is the President of Lake Research Partners and one of the Democratic Party's leading political strategists. Khalil Cumberbatch is the Associate Vice President of Policy at the Fortune Society. In December 2014, after being held for five months in immigration detention, he was one of two recipients to receive an Executive Pardon from NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo to prevent his deportation from the United States. Michael Baselice is President and CEO of Baselice & Associates, Inc. and specializes in consulting for Republican candidate races. The series is sponsored by the Public Welfare Foundation. Lunch will be served.

The Wing (Flatiron)

The Wing + The Marshall Project

10.24.2018 7:00 p.m.

Join the Marshall Project—a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization focused on criminal justice—for a short screening of a selection from their video series, We Are Witnesses. Each video tells the story of 19 people familiar with the criminal justice system: the formerly incarcerated, their families, judges, parole officers, and more. Stay for a conversation moderated by moderated by Jamilah King, staff journalist at Mother Jones Magazine, writing on race, gender, and culture with film subject Ayana Thomas, director Jenny Carchman, and the president of The Marshall Project Carroll Bogert. The Wing is a network of work and community spaces designed for women. Its mission is the professional, civic, social, and economic advancement of women through community.

Harvard Gardens

Membership Happy Hour

10.23.2018 6:00 p.m.

You’re invited to join The Marshall Project in Boston on October 23 for a Membership Happy Hour. Bring a friend to meet fellow members and fans of The Marshall Project, as well as some of our staff and reporters. Current members of The Marshall Project and those interested in becoming members are welcome. The first round of drinks is on us and light snacks will be served. For more information and to RSVP: apflanzer@themarshallproject

Central Library

We Are Witnesses

10.15.2018 6:30 p.m.

"We Are Witnesses” is a series of powerful short films that explores the human cost of the criminal justice system through 1st- person testimonials of victims, parolees, ex- prisoners, judges, police officers, and prison guards. Created by The Marshall Project, the award-winning, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that focuses on crime and punishment in the United States, “We Are Witnesses” is as much a celebration of human strength as it is a searing examination of a broken system. Join us for a screening of three of the series films and a panel discussion with their subjects moderated by Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott, with an introduction from The Marshall Project’s Lawrence Bartley, a native of Jamaica, Queens who recently completed a 27-year prison sentence. Admission is free.

Boston University's College of Communication

The Power of Narrative + We Are Witnesses

10.04.2018 6:00 p.m.

Join Power of Narrative and The Marshall Project for a screening and panel discussion of "We are Witnesses," a collection of 19 video stories from people who have had firsthand experience with the American criminal justice system. To RSVP for this free event, contact

New York University

We Are Witnesses

10.03.2018 6:30 p.m.

Please join us for a conversation centering the experiences of people intimately familiar with the United States criminal legal system. Taking a human rights-based approach, this event rests on the premise that bearing witness to the harms caused by the racism, inequality, and unfairness of this system is a necessary prerequisite to addressing them. The event will feature a series of short film interviews with people directly touched by the system; a moderated conversation with some of the film’s interviewees; and an audience Q & A. Light refreshments will be served. This event is organized by The Marshall Project in collaboration with NYU School of Law’s Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law and Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. Panelists: Deborah Popowski, Executive Director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice Neil Barsky , Chairman and Founder, The Marshall Project; Vincent Southerland, Executive Director of NYU Law's Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law Amanda David, Assistant federal defender, the Federal Defenders of New York, Inc. Eduardo Padro, Former Supreme Court, New York County Judge Francis Greenburger, President & Founder, Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice

The Google Space

What's The Story? Criminal Justice and Narrative Change

10.01.2018 8:30 a.m.

“What’s the Story?” is a new monthly speaker series, hosted by The Marshall Project, featuring prominent Americans as they explore how they create and disrupt narratives around criminal justice. The series' first breakfast convening will feature Sherrilyn Ifill in conversation with Grover Norquist. Moderated by Bill Keller, Editor of The Marshall Project, and featuring an introduction by Weldon Angelos. Sherrilyn Ifill is the President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Grover Norquist is the is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), and also advocates for criminal justice reform. Weldon Angelos is a justice reform advocate based in Salt Lake City. He served 12 years of a 55-year sentence for selling small amounts of marijuana. The series is sponsored by the Public Welfare Foundation.

Center for Civil and Human Rights

We Are Witnesses: Life Beyond Lockup

09.28.2018 6:00 p.m.

One of the Central Park Five, Yusef Salaam, joins Carroll Bogert, President of The Marshall Project, and local criminal justice reform advocates, for a compelling dialogue regarding the restoration of human rights post-incarceration and the impact incarceration has on mental and emotional health, lifelong earning potential, and relationships. In partnership the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the event is free and open to the public. Dr. Yusef Salaam On April 19, 1989, a young woman in the prime of her life was brutally raped and left for dead in New York City’s Central Park. Five boys—four black and one Latino—were tried and convicted of the crime in a frenzied case that rocked the city. They became known collectively as “The Central Park Five.” Their convictions were vacated in 2002 after spending between seven and thirteen years of their lives behind bars. The unidentified DNA in the Central Park Jogger Case, unlinked to any of the five, had finally met its owner, a convicted murderer and rapist who confessed. The convictions of the boys, now men, were overturned and they were exonerated. One of those boys, Yusef Salaam, was just 15 years old when his life was upended and changed forever. Since his release, Yusef has committed himself to advocating and educating people on the issues of false confessions, police brutality and misconduct, press ethics and bias, race and law, and the disparities in America’s criminal justice system. In 2013, documentarians Ken and Sarah Burns released the film “The Central Park Five,” which told of this travesty from the perspective of Yusef and his cohorts. In 2014, The Central Park Five received a multi-million dollar settlement from the city of New York for its grievous injustice against them. Yusef was awarded an Honorary Doctorate that same year and received the President's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 from President Barack Obama. Carroll Bogert Carroll was previously deputy executive director at Human Rights Watch, running its award-winning global media operations. Before joining Human Rights Watch in 1998, Carroll spent twelve years as a foreign correspondent for Newsweek in China, Southeast Asia, and the Soviet Union.

The New School

Don't Get Caught

09.17.2018 7:00 p.m.

From class to court? A system that finds more and more school-age children wrapped prematurely in our flawed criminal justice system continues to plague the United States. Please join Texas Observer Civil Rights Reporter Michael Barajas, Marshall Project reporter Eli Hagar, and WNYC’s Kai Wright for a discussion about the school-to-prison pipeline moderated by The Appeal’s Sarah Leonard. The conversation will take place on September 17, 2018, at the New School’s Starr Foundation Hall, Room UL102, 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y., 10003. It is free and open to the public.

Vogue Theatre

The Work

06.06.2018 6:30 p.m.

In partnership with TOPIC, Appolition, and the San Francisco Film Society, join us for an exclusive screening of The Work—an award-winning documentary that takes you inside Folsom prison where a select group of incarcerated men participate in emotionally intensive group therapy to better understand themselves, and their capacity for transformation. The screening is at 6:30 PM, and is followed by a filmmaker panel discussion and reception.

Brooklyn Historical Society

Law, Order and Justice

06.06.2018 6:25 p.m.

Over the past two decades the politics of law and order in New York City have changed dramatically. Where once candidates for office vied to appear the toughest on crime, they now compete to carry the banner of reform. Join The Marshall Project contributing writer Tom Robbins, author Kim Phillips-Fein, and law enforcement professional Edwin Raymond to examine how NYC’s widening inequality will impact crime and whether the rhetoric of criminal justice reform matches the reality in the city. The discussion will be led by Carroll Bogert, president of The Marshall Project.

BRIC House

Whose War on Drugs?

05.23.2018 6:30 p.m.

In the 1970’s, President Nixon declared a “War On Drugs.” Billions of dollars have since been spent, millions of people incarcerated, and nearly forty years later, we are still no closer to a solution. This so-called war disproportionately targets, prosecutes and incarcerates people of color. Here in New York, more than 80 percent of those arrested for marijuana are black or Latino, despite similar rates of use among white people, and today, the city is seeing a rise in opioid use and an alarming increase in drug overdoses. Join us on May 23rd for Whose War On Drugs? A #BHeard Town Hall. We’ll bring together stakeholders, thought leaders and Brooklyn’s communities to truly challenge the idea behind America's longest-running war, asking: Who benefits from this war? How can we begin to reverse the collateral damage to our communities? And how do we bridge the gap between public health and the criminal justice system?

Columbia Law School

We Are Witnesses

04.10.2018 6:30 p.m.

The American criminal justice system consists of 2.2 million people behind bars, plus tens of millions of family members, corrections and police officers, parolees, victims of crime, judges, prosecutors and defenders. In We Are Witnesses, we hear their stories. This event featured a screening of 4 of the short films in the We are Witnesses series, followed by a panel discussion and reception. Speakers included Jenny Carchman (director), Ismael Nazario (Fortune Society), Scott Hechinger (Brooklyn Defender Services), Kathy Boudin (Center for Justice at Columbia).

New York Public Library

We Are Witnesses

02.28.2018 6:30 p.m.

The Marshall Project’s “We Are Witnesses” explores the American criminal-justice system through interviews with those whose lives have been touched by it. Watch four videos from the project and then hear from the subjects in person. Featuring: Eduardo Padro, New York State Supreme Court judge (retired) Sergeant Edwin Raymond, law enforcement professional Scott Hechinger, Brooklyn Defender Services Jennifer Gonnerman (moderator), staff writer at The New Yorker

Bronx Documentary Center

Visualizing Criminal Justice

01.11.2018 7:00 p.m.

The American criminal justice system consists of 2.2 million people behind bars, plus tens of millions of family members, corrections, and police officers, parolees, victims of crime, judges, prosecutors, and defenders. The Bronx Documentary Center and The Marshall Project are proud to present a video exploration and discussion of this timely subject. Jenny Carchman will present a collection of short videos from the Marshall Project’s "We Are Witnesses", a video exploration of our criminal justice system. The video series features twenty people telling their stories — a crime victim, a corrections officer, a judge, a formerly incarcerated woman, a parent, a child, a district attorney and more. Joseph Rodriguez, acclaimed photographer and author of Juvenile, will present work from his multimedia project on reentry in Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s project focuses on residents of Walden House, a drug and alcohol transitional treatment center that has been operating in California for over 40 years. Walden House has various residential and outpatient facilities throughout California, including in-custody treatment programs and services for people transitioning back into their communities. Jenny Carchman's "We Are Witnesses" takes a deeper look at the faces behind the complex and highly-flawed criminal justice system. For his project “Reentry in Los Angeles” documentary photographer Joseph Rodríguez worked with Walden House to produce photographs and interviews of its residents. During his time there, he witnessed various programs set-up to help residents recover and change their lives.

BRIC House

Mental Health as a Civil Right

12.13.2017 6:30 p.m.

Mental health is one of the nation’s most pressing societal issues. Every year, one in five New Yorkers will experience a range of mental health challenges, from depression and anxiety to PTSD and schizophrenia. Every day, people deemed mentally ill are jailed against their will, denied due process in the justice system, and priced out of access to quality treatment. New York City is taking steps towards changing the culture and treatment around mental health, yet we still see persistent discrimination and stigma, especially in Brooklyn's communities of color. On Dec. 13, BRIC TV, in partnership with The Marshall Project and Brooklyn Community Services, brought together the voices of those who struggle with mental health, those who treat mental illness, and those on the front lines of securing mental health as a civil right for all. The Brooklyn Poetry Slam team opened the event with a special performance.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

We Are Witnesses Premiere

10.26.2017 6:30 p.m.

"We Are Witnesses," a series of short films from The Marshall Project and The New Yorker, presents a rare 360-degree portrait of the state of justice in New York City, where people who've had first-hand experiences of crime, policing, and prison tell their stories. In celebration of its premiere, join us for a screening and discussion on surviving the system, the most pressing issues in criminal justice, and the prospects for reform.

Commonwealth Club

For-Profit Punishment?

07.18.2017 5:00 p.m.

In 2016, the Obama administration declared that the federal government would begin phasing out the use of private, for-profit prisons in the justice system. This move came in response to a Justice Department report that showed private prisons did not save money and were less safe than public facilities. In early 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded this decision. Today, the debate continues: Should the American criminal justice system include private, for-profit entities? Or should the prison system at the state and federal levels be run by the government? Join our panelists for a conversation about the state of the American criminal justice system and private prisons. Mother Jones senior reporter Shane Bauer, who reported on his four-month stint as a private prison guard, will share his experience and insights from inside a private prison. Alysia Santo, a staff reporter at the Marshall Project, a nonprofit outlet that features journalism on criminal justice reform, recently exposed the deadly conditions on board a private prisoner transportation van. Joanne Woodford, former warden of San Quentin State Prison and former undersecretary for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, will offer her perspective from decades of experience within the criminal justice system.