One by 1, Inc. CEO Eddie Ellis is serving as faculty for the "Race in the Federal Criminal Court: Strategies in Pursuit of Justice" training conference for the second year in a row. This year's conference will be held on April 19-21 in St. Louis, MO. More information here: http://bit.ly/2Jx5FcN
As you may know, we’re just one day away from the close of the legislative session. Unfortunately, in an effort to appeal to their base in an election year, several legislators are still trying to pass a broken bill, Senate Bill 122 ("Criminal Law - Comprehensive Crime Bill of 2018"). This "comprehensive" crime bill will do far more harm than good.
The “Hogan-Zirkin Crime Bill” would promote further mandatory minimums and would further increase incarceration rates of black, brown, and poor Marylanders while providing chump change to evidence based community-run programs that have proven to be much more effective at reducing violent crime without resorting to over-policing or increased incarceration. We don't need tough-on-crime laws; we need SMART-on-crime laws.
We're joining the Montgomery County ACLU and asking our friends and family to say "NO" to Senate Bill 122. Please help us make calls to members of the Appropriations Committee and your delegates TODAY and TOMORROW! The appropriations vote is expected Monday, April 9 at 4:00 PM. Let them know your opposition to this bill, it will take 2 minutes and make an enormous impact! A sample phone script is included below, as well as contact information for members of the committee.
PLEASE START CALLING!
Sample Phone Script
“Hello Delegate __________, I’m calling with grave concerns regarding the Hogan-Zirkin crime bill, SB 122, and how it’s poised to raise mandatory sentencing and further promote “tough on crime” policies that have been proven over and over not to work. We already have strong sentencing laws in place, and, as seen in Baltimore, at this point what we’re lacking is funding for evidence-based, community-run programs that reduce violent crime while strengthening community networks and providing alternatives for those who would benefit. I hope you take my opposition into consideration, and I appreciate you taking the time to listen to your constituents."
Contact Information for Appropriations Committee Members by District
Wendell R. Beitzel
(410) 841-3435, (301) 858-3435
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3435 (toll free)
Michael W. McKay
(410) 841-3321, (301) 858-3321
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3321 (toll free)
Carol. L. Krimm
(410) 841-3472, (301) 858-3472
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3472 (toll free)
David E. Vogt III
(410) 841-3118, (301) 858-3118
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3118 (toll free)
Barrie S. Ciliberti
(410) 841-3080, (301) 858-3080
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3080 (toll free)
Robin L. Grammer, Jr.
(410) 841-3298, (301) 858-3298
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3298 (toll free)
Adrienne A. Jones
(410) 841-3391, (301) 858-3391
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3391 (toll free)
Shelly L. Hettleman
(410) 841-3833, (301) 858-3833
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3833 (toll free)
Clarence K. Lam
(410) 841-3205, (301) 858-3205
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3205 (toll free)
(410) 841-3090, (301) 858-3090
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3090 (toll free)
Marc A. Korman
(410) 841-3649, (301) 858-3649
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3649 (toll free)
Ana Sol Gutierrez
(410) 841-3181, (301) 858-3181
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3181 (toll free)
Benjamin S. Barnes
(410) 841-3046, (301) 858-3046
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3046 (toll free)
(410) 841-3101, (301) 858-3101
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3101 (toll free)
Michael A. Jackson
(410) 841-3103, (301) 858-3103
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3103 (toll free)
Mark S. Chang
(410) 841-3511, (301) 858-3511
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3511 (toll free)
Theodore J. Sophocleus
(410) 841-3372, (301) 858-3372
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3372 (toll free)
(410) 841-3406, (301) 858-3406
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3406 (toll free)
Jefferson L. Ghrist
(410) 841-3555, (301) 858-3555
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3555 (toll free)
Mary Beth Carozza
(410) 841-3356, (301) 858-3356
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3356 (toll free)
(410) 841-3039, (301) 858-3039
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3039 (toll free)
Keith E. Haynes
(410) 841-3801, (301) 858-3801
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3801 (toll free)
Patrick G. Young, Jr.
(410) 841-3544, (301) 858-3544
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3544 (toll free)
Brooke E. Lierman
(410) 841-3319, (301) 858-3319
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3319 (toll free)
On March 19, Eddie Ellis joined Mission: Launch, Inc. Co-Founder Laurin Leonard to lead discussion on reentry at the Silver Spring Civic Center. The event, “Breaking Down Barriers to Reentry: Challenging Stereotypes | Disrupting Recidivism," was hosted by the Montgomery County, MD Chapter of the ACLU.
By: Tara Debek
In the recent State of the Union address, Donald Trump said that, “this year we will embark on reforming our prisons to help former inmates who have served their time get a second chance.”
But what does the future of prison reform under the Trump administration really look like?
The Trump administration has been open about wanting to tackle one aspect of prison reform: reducing recidivism and promoting better post-prison rehabilitation programs.
So far, the administration has been working with the Charles Koch Institute, an educational organization committed to reforming areas like sentencing, overcriminalization, and recidivism. Since 2015, the Koch network has put millions of dollars into rallying Republicans and Democrats to work together on criminal justice reform.
This is not a Trump-specific effort led by conservative players. We are in a position to have effective reform with bipartisan support.
Reentry and recidivism are vitally important aspects of prison reform, as One by 1, Inc. Founder/CEO Eddie Ellis, Jr. has spoken about regularly since returning home. However, in order to have effective prison reform, we need to look at the whole picture. This includes tackling issues like policing practices, sentencing and providing resources during incarceration to build the skills and tools needed to successfully reenter society.
While Trump has made a mirage of vague but optimistic promises for prison reform, he continues to build a narrative linking violent crime to immigrants. Immigration patterns with communities, including Latino immigrants, have little to no relationship with violent crime. Trump’s rhetoric does not inspire hope.
Developing recidivism programs is a step towards a better system. It is too early to tell what prison reform will look like in the Trump era and what the potential drawbacks and long-term ramifications will be. But without addressing the full spectrum of issues in the criminal justice system, no reform can effectively fix post-incarceration issues.
Eddie Ellis, Jr. was a panelist at the January 31, 2018 screening of Ben Lear's directorial debut documentary film, "They Call Us Monsters," at the Landmark's E Street Cinema in Washington, DC.
After the film, staff and board members from the Campaign for Youth Justice and DC Alliance of Youth Advocates held a special panel discussion examining the intersection of juvenile justice and youth advocacy, in Washington, DC. Topics of discussion included the juvenile justice omnibus bill and the DC Youth Rehabilitation Amendment Act of 2017.
Eddie Ellis, Jr. Interviewed as Part of Washington Post Feature on Additional Barriers to Rehabilitation
Eddie Ellis, Jr. spoke to Washington Post journalist Rachel Chanson to discuss his incarceration experience in distant Colorado and the barriers that experience added to his return and reentry.
View the article:
One by 1, Inc. Founder/CEO, Eddie Ellis, spoke at a workshop at the 2017 National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) Annual Conference from December 6-9, 2017, in Washington, D.C.
The NLADA Annual Conference is an event designed to build the skills and knowledge of those in public defense, civil legal aid and public interest law to meet the legal needs of low-income individuals.
Eddie was a panelist for the Defender Caucus: Pre-Trial Justice: A Discussion about Bail Reform, Risk Assessments, and Race. The workshop focuses on sharing promising and immersing strategies for addressing racial injustice in pre-trail proceedings.
Additional panelists included: Cherise Fanno Burdeen, Chief Executive Officer at Pretrial Justice Institute; Stan German, Executive Director of New York County Defender Services; and Elizabeth Rossi, an attorney at Civil Rights Corps.
Our CEO/Founder Eddie Ellis, Jr. made another appearance in one of Professor Bennett's lectures at American University.
Dr. Richard Bennett is a professor in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology. He works hard to impart his passion for comparative criminology, comparative criminal justice, and police organization and procedures to his student. He teaches Introduction to Systems of Justice, Insider's View of Justice, Comparative Criminology/Criminal Justice, and Introduction to Justice Research I and II.
Welcome to the Blog!
One by 1 and its volunteers, staff, interns, partners, clients, supporters, and friends are all welcome to post on our blog. Email us with your ideas!