Friends, I hope you had great weekends. I managed to unplug on Saturday, and I'm feeling refreshed and ready for action today.
Last week, Chicago Ideas hosted a conversation on Reimagining Prison, a 75 minute program on re-envisioning the prison and justice system in the USA. Here was the panel present for the discussion:
I wasn't able to attend the program in person, but luckily, the entire program has been posted online for streaming. Here is the link for the program, and if you're not able to watch the entire 75 minutes, they do include separate segment videos at the bottom of the page.
Also, we had some good news in Chicago recently in regards to monetary bond: Foxx agrees to release of inmates unable to post bonds of up to $1,000 cash. While this initiative will only impact a few dozen of the 7,400+ inmates in Cook County Jail (and only those with "nonviolent charges"), it's a necessary step towards eliminating monetary bond in Cook County altogether.
Finally, I'll be watching the developments of this class action lawsuit very closely: Thousands of ICE detainees claim they were forced into labor, a violation of anti-slavery laws. The impact of this lawsuit could have far reaching effects across our entire prison system, especially regarding our dependence on prison labor.
Stay safe out there, my friends, and as always, thanks for reading!