Thank you for joining us for the 2020 Innovations Conference!

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An Online Virtual Interactive Event

June 23rd - 25th

Hosted by:

Center for American Progress
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

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The 2020 Innovations Conference brought together criminal justice reform experts and advocates from around the country discuss how we can achieve bold, transformative change and #ShrinkTheSystem. The three-day online event showcased data-driven interventions and provided ideas on how to replicate proven strategies; made a clear public statement that smart and fair criminal justice and public safety policies must continue to guide the way forward; and created opportunities to generate true and lasting change big enough to meet this challenging moment.

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Generously Supported By

Featured Speakers

Aishatu Yusuf

Impact Justice

Andrew Hundley

Parole Project

Angel E. Sanchez, J.D.

Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

Arthur Longworth

PEN America Writing for Justice Fellow

Arthur Rizer

R Street Institute

Ashley Nellis, Ph.D.

The Sentencing Project

Aswad Thomas

Alliance for Safety and Justice & Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice

Betsy Pearl

Center for American Progress

Brent J. Cohen

Generation Progress

C.T. Mexica

PEN America Writing for Justice

Caits Meissner

Prison and Justice Writing Program, PEN America

Carter Stewart

Draper Richards Kaplan

Celia Ouellette

Responsible Business Initiative

Cherise Fanno Burdeen

Pretrial Justice Institute

Chesa Boudin

San Francisco

Christie Donner

Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition

Clinton Lacey

District of Columbia Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services

Cory Everett

Latino Coalition for Community Leadership

Crystal Carpenter

Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth

Damion Shade

Oklahoma Policy Institute

Dana Rachlin

NYC Together

Daveen Trentman

The Soze Agency

David Muhammad

National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform

David Safavian

American Conservative Union Foundation

DeAnna Hoskins


DeVone Boggan

Advance Peace

Dorian Esper-Taylor

Lavender Rights Project

Dwayne Betts

Author of Felon

Ed Chung

Center for American Progress

Eddie Ellis

Campaing for Fair Sentencing of Youth

Elizabeth Hinton

Yale University

Emma Ketteringham

The Bronx Defenders

Estela Hernandez

Oklahoma State Dept. of Education Board Member

Evelyn J. Diaz

Heartland Alliance

Hassan Latif

Second Chance Center, Inc.

Heather A. Higginbottom

JPMorgan Chase PolicyCenter

Heather Reiman

The Education Trust

Heidi Washington

Michigan Department of Corrections

Hérnan Carvente-Martinez

Youth First Initiative

Homer Venters

NYU College of Global Public Health

Pastor Isaac Scott

The Confined Arts at the Center for Justice at Columbia University

Jamiles Lartey

The Marshall Project

Jennifer Rodriguez

Youth Law Center

Jesse Kelley

R Street Institute

Jesse Krimes

Right of Return

Jessica Jackson

Reform Alliance

John Harrington

Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Jose Hamza Saldana

Release Aging People in Prison

Kanya Bennett


Kari Anderson

Restore Justice In Virginia

Karol Mason

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Katharine Huffman

Square One Project

Keith Ellison


Khalil A. Cumberbatch

New Yorkers United for Justice

Kristie Puckett-Williams

ACLU of North Carolina

Laura Berry

Incarcerated Children's Advocacy Network

Lauren-Brooke Eisen

Brennan Center for Justice

Lee Hoffer

Case Western Researve School of Medicine

Lex Steppling

Dignity & Power Now

Lisa Foster

Fees & Fines Justice Center

Louise Vincent

NC Survivors Union & Urban Survivors Union

Lucy Lang

Institute for Innovation in Prosecution

Marc Levin

Texas Public Policy Foundation/Right on Crime

Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter

Dignity Act NOW Collective

Merisa Heu-Weller


Michael K. Williams


Michael Skolnik

The Soze Agency

Michelle Parris

Vera Institute of Justice

Mitchell Jackson

Right of Return

Monifa Bandele


Nicole McAfee

ACLU of Oklahoma

Nicole D. Porter

The Sentencing Project

Paul Butler

Georgetown Law

Radley Balko

Washington Post

Rashad Robinson

Color of Change

Rebecca Vallas

Center for American Progress

Richard Paul Morales

Latino Coalition for Community Leadership

Robert Rooks

Alliance for Safety and Justice

Ronald Davis


Russell Craig

Right of Return

Sakira Cook

Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

Sam Vaughn

City of Richmond's Office of Neighborhood Safety

Samantha Buckingham

Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, Loyola University

Samuel Sinyangwe

Campaign Zero

Sandra van den Heuvel

Vera Institute of Justice

Sanho Tree

Institute for Policy Studies

Sarah George

Chittenden County, VT

Shari Silberstein

Equal Justice USA

Sheena Meade

Clean Slate Initiative

Stephanie Morales

Portsmouth, VA

Steven "Flow" Pacheco

Circle for Justice Innovations

Susan Chira

The Marshall Project

Terry Schuster

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Theshia Naidoo

Drug Policy Alliance

Vanita Gupta

The Leadership Conference on Human and Civil Rights

Vincent Schiraldi

The Justice Lab, Columbia University

Rev. Vivian Nixon

College and Community Fellowship

Xavier Becerra


Zoë Towns