The greatest increase in incarceration rates is among women, 80% of those women are mothers, and most of those mothers have children under the age of 13, says Deseriee Kennedy of Touro Law School #NPOC19 @npoc19
So if incarcerated mothers can't pay the extortion-level prices imposed by prison phone monopolies, they might get charged with child neglect and lose their kids — and based on that record, the state might take away your *future* kids #NPOC19
Welfare agencies and judges will decide whether to sever incarcerated mothers' parental ties based on whether they stay in touch with their kids. But poor families can't always afford to visit, and prison phone companies can charge up to $3 a minute to talk to your kids #NPOC19
Deseriee Kennedy talks about the impact the ways mothers are classified as "unfit," criminalized, and separated from their kids because of poverty — and bc they can't afford insurance and stable transportation, their kids are swept up into the system.
Professor Archer of NYU is pointing to the Crime Free Ordinance in Faribault, MN, as an example of how cities make it nearly impossible for residents with *any* contact with the criminal legal system to secure safe & stable housing. Absolutely unconscionable. #NPOC19
Stacy Hawkins of Rutgers Law kicks of #NPOC19 by talking about the danger of Trump's white-washing of the federal bench: black judges are *significantly* more likely than white judges to vote in favor of employment discrimination plaintiffs.
Professor @DeborahNArcher at #NPOC19: a resident does NOT have to be convicted to be evicted under crime-free ordinances. Preponderance of the evidence is enough in most municipalities. They also impose limitations on other private landlords from lending to evicted individuals.
So excited to rep @HarvardCRCL at @npoc19! People of color are leading the intellectual and legal work to secure civil rights, end mass incarceration, and build an economy that works for everyone — can’t wait to hear all about it. We out here!