Ernest Drucker, PhD, is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in NY State and conducts research in AIDS, drug policy, prisons and criminal justice policies, and is active in global public health and human rights efforts in the US and abroad. Ernest is a Research Professor in Criminal Justice and Anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. He founded Decarceration.org in 2015.
Deborah Small is the Founder and Executive Director of “Break the Chains,” building support for drug policy reform in communities of color. Their targeted reforms focus on science, compassion, public health and human rights. Deborah has degrees in law and public policy from Harvard University.
Vincent Schiraldi is Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Program in Criminal Justice and former New York City Commissioner of Probation.
Eric Lotke is an author, activist and scholar. His early work like The Real War on Crime was groundbreaking on criminal justice policy. His original research on “Prisoners of the Census” has led to new law in four states so far. His lawsuit over the exploitative price of phone calls from prison led to new rules by the FCC. Lotke’s new novel, Making Manna, is an uplifting tale of triumph over economic and criminal injustice.
Gabriel Sayegh is co-founder and co-director of the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice. For nearly 20 years, Sayegh has worked on campaigns to end mass incarceration, the war on drugs, promote fair economies and racial equity, and more. From 2003 – 2015 he served as Managing Director of Policy and Campaigns at the Drug Policy Alliance, partnering with community organizing groups, human service agencies, and researchers to advance effective drug policies guided by science, equity, and compassion.
Jeannie Little, LCSW, CGP, is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Harm Reduction Therapy Center in San Francisco. She is a licensed clinical social worker and certified group psychotherapist. She is co-author of Over the Influence: The Harm Reduction Guide for Managing Drugs and Alcohol, a revision of which is coming out in Fall of 2016, and Practicing Harm Reduction Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition.
Judge Sweet is currently a senior United States federal judge serving on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. For many years Judge Sweet ( age 92) has publicly opposed the war on drugs and federal sentencing guidelines for drug offenses. He served as a naval officer in World War II and then attended Yale Law School . He served a John Lindsay’s deputy mayor from 1966 to 1969, and was known for keeping his home phone number listed, to field calls and complaints from the public.
While incarcerated for 22 years, Kathy Boudin was a teacher and counselor and developed programs collaboratively with other women in areas including mother-child relationships across the separation of prison, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, basic literacy, higher education, and longtermers. Today, Kathy serves as Director of The Criminal Justice Initiative: Supporting Children, Families and Communities located at Columbia University School of Social Work and is an adjunct professor at both Columbia University School of Social Work and New York University School of Social Work focusing on issues related to incarceration and reentry.
Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Ph.D. is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a Harlem-based branch of the New York Public Library system and one of the world’s leading research facilities dedicated to the history of the African diaspora.
Mika is an attorney, mediator and restorative justice practitioner. She is a New York State-certified mediator and she mediates criminal court cases and facilitates community conferences through New York Peace Institute. Prior to beginning her work in alternative dispute resolution, Mika spent more than six years providing direct legal services to indigent individuals at several New York City non-profits, including Housing Works, Inc., where she also worked on all aspects of the agency’s civil rights impact docket. Mika is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the City University of New York School of Law.
Daliah Heller views public health as a framework for designing and measuring social policy. She is currently a Clinical Professor at CUNY School of Public Health, where she oversees fieldwork training and promotes faculty‐student partnerships with local and global institutions. Previously, she served as Assistant Commissioner for Alcohol and Drug Use at the New York City Health Department, and Executive Director for a nationally-recognized harm reduction organization. She holds a doctorate in Social Welfare from CUNY, a graduate degree in Public Health from the Mailman School, and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from McGill University.
Mujahid Farid is a 2013 Soros Justice Fellow and the director of RAPP, Release Aging People in Prison. Mujahid was incarcerated for 33 years in New York before his release in 2011.
Danielle Sered envisioned, launched, and directs Common Justice. She leads the project’s efforts, locally rooted in Brooklyn but national in scope, to develop and advance practical and groundbreaking solutions to violence that advance racial equity, meet the needs of those harmed, and do not rely on incarceration.
Robin Steinberg is the Founder and Executive Director of the Bronx Defenders. She is a leader and a pioneer in the field of indigent defense. A 1982 graduate of the New York University School of Law, Robin has been a public defender for her entire career.