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SPEAR Conference: Tracing the Violence
April 12, 2019 - April 13, 2019
Hosted on April 12-13, this year’s conference will assess the mainstream criminal justice reform movement’s tendency to focus only on non-violent and drug offenses, often excluding those convicted of violent and sexual offenses from the movement. This conference seeks to understand how and why a massive segment of the incarcerated population is left out of the movement of reform—and sometimes even further vilified by reformers—and how we can build an inclusive and transformative movement. We will seek to understand where violence originates, recognizing that policing and prisons are themselves sources of violence, and that many people convicted of violent offenses have themselves faced serious violence as result of intersecting marginalized identities.