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ONLINE EVENT ADVISORY: 4th Annual Innovations Conference Will Tackle How To Shrink and Transform the Criminal Justice System
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ONLINE EVENT ADVISORY: 4th Annual Innovations Conference Will Tackle How To Shrink and Transform the Criminal Justice System

Washington, D.C. — Recent events including the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, law enforcement crackdowns on protestors, and the insufficient response to contain the spread of the coronavirus in jails and prisons have laid bare the failures of the criminal justice system in the United States. The current moment, however, has the potential to rapidly accelerate the movement to make the criminal justice system smaller, smarter, more equitable, and more just.

From June 23 to June 25, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the Center for American Progress, and the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation will host the 2020 Innovations Conference, as criminal justice reform experts and advocates from around the country discuss how can we achieve bold, transformative change and #ShrinkTheSystem.

The three-day online event will showcase data-driven interventions and provide ideas on how to replicate proven strategies; make a clear public statement that smart and fair criminal justice and public safety policies must continue to guide the way forward; and create opportunities to generate true and lasting change big enough to meet this challenging moment.

A full list of speakers and details will be announced in the coming weeks. The most current agenda can be found here. Join us on social media with the hashtag #ShrinkTheSystem.

Confirmed speakers (in alphabetical order):

Chesa Boudin, San Francisco District Attorney
Vanita Gupta, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Elizabeth Hinton, Yale University
Deanna Hoskins, JustLeadershipUSA
Sheena Meade, Clean Slate Initiative
Rashad Robinson, Color of Change
Sam Sinyangwe, Campaign Zero
Michael K. Williams, Actor

Online conference: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 – Thursday, June 25, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday; 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday and Thursday

You can RSVP to join the virtual event here. An email will then be sent with instructions on how to watch.

2020 Innovations Conference

The Center for American Progress is proud to co-host the 2020 Innovations Conference with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation. The 2020 Innovations Conference is generously supported by the Kellogg Foundation and Microsoft.

For more information, please contact Claudia Montecinos at

An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York is a Hispanic-serving institution and a minority-serving institution offering a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upward of 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. John Jay is home to faculty and research centers at the forefront of researching and advancing criminal and social justice reform. In teaching, scholarship and research, the college engages the theme of justice and explores fundamental human desires for fairness, equality, and the rule of law. For more information, visit and follow @JohnJayCollege on Twitter.

The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation is a global venture philanthropy firm supporting early stage, high-impact social enterprises. We believe that with early funding and rigorous support, exceptional leaders, tackling some of society’s most complex problems, can make the world a better place.

The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just and free America that ensures opportunity for all. We believe that Americans are bound together by a common commitment to these values and we aspire to ensure that our national policies reflect these values. We work to find progressive and pragmatic solutions to significant domestic and international problems and develop policy proposals that foster a government that is “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”