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Ending Cycles of Incarceration


For our inaugural GroundBreakers CHI event, the Chicago Architecture Foundation will be hosting us for a conversation about creative solutions to cycles of gun violence and incarceration.

The 2017 Presidential election has produced a dramatic restructuring across a broad array of issues and geographies including criminal justice reform, which has enjoyed unprecedented bi-partisan support. In Illinois, as on-going uncertainty lingers with the state budget and community organizations face an increasing strain under rising violence in our communities, the need to press forward on fair reforms becomes increasingly important.

Join us on March 28th to hear from experts in the field about the current state of justice reform in Illinois and innovative strategies for changing outcomes for people before, during, and after incarceration.

More info on featured speakers:

Jenny Arwade is the Co-Executive Director of Communities United (formally known as Albany Park Neighborhood Council or APNC), a community based organization located in one of the most immigrant communities in Chicago. A graduate of Princeton University, Jenny has been a community organizer since 2000, and Executive Director Communities United since 2004. In that time, she has worked to organize community residents through local as well as collaborative campaigns to increase access to affordable housing, and affordable health care, improve the quality of public education, and promote immigrant rights. 

Brian Hill is the CEO of Edovo (Jail Education Solutions d/b/a Edovo), a Chicago-based venture that aims to reduce recidivism by bringing tech-enabled education and communication tools to incarcerated people. Brian was in his first year at Northwestern University Law School when he began work on a Social Impact Bond initiative for the largest single-site jail in Chicago. This exposure prompted him to create the JES platform, which is operational in nearly 30 correctional facilities across 12 states, and growing. Brian’s impact-driven work has been recognized by national platforms, and he was named one of Conscious Company’s “19 Social Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017.” 

Candice Jones currently serves as Senior Advisor to Arne Duncan at the Emerson Collective. There she supports the organizations work on opportunity youth and violence reduction in Chicago. She was appointed Director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice in 2014 by Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, and confirmed in 2015 by Republican Governor Bruce Rauner. Candice has extensive experience in the field of juvenile justice and at-risk youth.

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