Is Immigration Detention the New Incarceration Boom?

Thursday, March 30, 2017
12:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
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Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) and Philanthropy New York (PNY) are co-sponsoring to bring this program as part of the PNY's Ending the Criminalization of Poverty series.

Every night, approximately 40,000 immigrants — men, women and children — sleep in county jails, and federal and privately run prison facilities all over the United States, as part of a federally mandated detention bed quota totaling $2.3 billion. They spend months, and sometimes even years, in the criminal justice system without a hearing or any news on when their detention might end. The vast majority of detainees are innocent, or can isolate their criminal record to “broken windows policing,” and are housed in prisons simply due to a justice system driven by perceived flight risk. In fact, while many political leaders are looking for ways to decrease the prison population through reform initiatives, there remain a string of contradictory policies and systems at the federal and local level that continue to entangle poor, undocumented immigrants into the criminal justice system. 

New York City – as a leader in justice reform and a champion of the achievements of immigrants – has done much to preserve its “sanctuary city“ status and therefore holds an important voice in the national discussion. Join the conversation with academic, government, nonprofit, and philanthropic leaders as we explore the history of immigration detention in America, analyze reforms at the local and federal level, discuss what solutions might look like under a federal administration unwelcoming of a pro-immigrant and justice reform agenda, and understand how philanthropy is playing a critical role in addressing the issue.

Registration for the in-person event is now closed, but anyone may watch the livestream without registering. All interested funders are welcome.