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Each year it becomes more apparent that in order to tackle issues of incarceration and the impact they have on child well-being, we need to examine incarceration in totality with focus on not just the impact of incarceration, but provide space across disciplines to hold conversations on the carceral state as a whole from disproportionality, systems, race, and economics.

Our charter at ASU challenges us to address systemic issues with an intersectional lens, and to work outside of our silos in collaboration with other thought leaders.  The Center for Child Well-Being in partnership with the Academy for Justice at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, the School of Social Transformation, the Center for Justice and Social Inquiryand the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands will come together to examine the state of incarceration as a system. 

This important summit will be free to register, and held every Wednesday in October.  Registration is now open! We are excited to host you for this important four-day conversation! 

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 Session times are listed in Pacific Time

Wednesday October 7th:  The Carceral State
An introductory view of the influences at play when examining incarceration as a system. Topics on this day will focus on race, economics, disproportionality, systems examination, corrections studies.

8:00a.m.- 9:30a.m.

Racism & Incarceration: Past and Present

Dr. Valena Beety, Professor of Law and Deputy Director of the Academy for Justice, Arizona State University

9:45a.m.– 11:00am

Youth, Juvenile Justice, and Racial Disparity

Dr. James Herbert Williams, Director & Arizona Centennial Professor, ASU School of Social Work
Dr. Laura Abrams, Professor of Social Welfare and Department Chair, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
Dr. Alan Dettlaff, Dean and Maconda Brown O’Connor Endowed Dean’s Chair, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work


11:15a.m.- 12:15pm

Visions for a Transformational System: How the directly impacted & community can work together

This panel will share stories, analysis and experiences with and in the carceral society in Arizona, each from their uniquely situated perspectives, to center other imaginaries and possibilities for transforming society away from an reliance on punishment, prisons and state violence as institutionalized responses to harm.

Dr. H.L.T Quan, Associate Professor , ASU School of Social Transformation: Justice and Social Inquiry
Veronica Torres, Criminal Justice Coordinator, Puente Human Rights Movement
Dr. Alan Gómez, Associate Professor , ASU School of Social Transformation: Justice and Social Inquiry

12:15p.m. - 1:00p.m.

Sylvia A. Harvey 
The Shadow System: Mass Incarceration and the American Family
-- Separate Registration--

1:00p.m. - 2:45p.m

Advancing Smart Decarceration: Research and Action toward Criminal Justice  Reform

The “Promote Smart Decarceration” Social Work Grand Challenge aims to reduce the incarcerated population using an evidence-driven approach that addresses disparities in the criminal justice system and maximizes public safety. The success of this work requires an understanding of existing policies and practices with attention to how they are implemented and what the evidence is for their effectiveness. This panel is aimed at understanding these questions with a focus on several timely issues including: current approaches to sentencing reform, resource allocation to public defenders, police violence, supportive strategies for families, and a call to action for research that assesses equity across reform efforts.

Dr. Pajarita Charles, Assistant Professor , University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work
Dr. Aaron Gottlieb, Assistant Professor , Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Carrie Pettus-Davis, Executive Director, Institute for Justice Research & Development, Associate Professor, College of Social Work, Florida State University.
Ashley Jackson MSW, Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis

3:00pm- 4:00pm

The Racial Divide: Prosecutions in Maricopa County

A recent ACLU report found that when prosecuted by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, Black and Hispanic people spend more time behind bars than white people. During this presentation, ACLU of Arizona staff members Analise Ortiz and Khalil Rushdan will dive into the key findings in the report and discuss solutions to reducing racial disparities within the third-largest prosecuting agency in the nation.

Analise Ortiz, Campaign Strategist, ACLU
Khalil Rushdan, Community Partnership Coordinator , ACLU

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Wednesday October 14th:  Education

Examining how those in the field of education, from Superintendents and Principals, to teachers and school counselors and nurses, support children with an incarcerated parent.

 Session times are listed in Pacific Time

8:00a.m.- 9:30a.m.

Seeing and Supporting Children with Incarcerated Parents: Promoting Educational Success and Well-Being

1 in 14 children has experienced the incarceration of a parent, but their experience is largely invisible. To address this, SEE US, SUPPORT US (SUSU) is held every October to raise awareness and increase support for children of incarcerated parents. Join us to hear young people who have experienced parental incarceration share how to support their educational development and learn strategies for creating affirming spaces in educational settings. Understand young people’s unique concerns related to having an incarcerated parent during COVID-19 and gain tools to support their emotional well-being during this unprecedented time. Participants will also learn how to participate in SUSU and raise awareness and increase support for children of incarcerated parents in their communities. Learn more about SUSU at

Panelists: New York Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents (moderator) Youth (ages 16-23)

9:45a.m.– 10:45 a.m.

Banning the Caged Bird: Prison Censorship Across America

Books play an important role in society, but access to books is especially crucial for incarcerated individuals. In an environment constructed for confinement, education can allow the mind to take flight through the power of ideas. In an environment fraught with indignity, the opportunity for “offenders” to become transformed into readers and learners is valuable beyond measure. In a very real sense, how we treat our prisoners defines who we are as a people.
Yet still, every state in America censors books in prisons. For those behind bars, these prohibitions against books can have devastating consequences.

Incarcerated individuals have limited access, if any, to the internet or the outside world. Reading is the primary way that many incarcerated individuals feel connected to society. These connections are crucial to the rehabilitation of those behind bars. In depriving the incarcerated of books, prisons are depriving them of the ability to grow intellectually, flourish emotionally and mentally, and the opportunity to prepare themselves for the outside world.
Access to books and education reduces recidivism, often drastically, but equally valuable is the ability of the incarcerated to learn about and challenge the systems to which they are subjected. One of this report’s major findings is that throughout the country, prisons are censoring books related to the prison industrial complex, prison conditions, and criminal justice system. When prisons ban books of this kind, they are deliberately cutting off the tools the incarcerated need to realize their civil and human rights.


Justice Education through Podcast

Justice Education through Podcast will explore the ways that the public can stay informed about pressing issues surrounding the carceral system, from criminal justice reform, the impact of incarceration on children and families, and the affect of mass incarceration on families, communities and the notion of justice.  Panelists include:


Rachel Marshall is the Assistant DA and the Director of Communications for the Office of the San Francisco District Attorney.  Her and Chesa Boudin also host a podcast together, Chasing Justice which focuses on criminal justice reform through the lens of the progressive prosecution movement


Eve Abrams  is a radio producer and audio documentarian in New Orleans. Among many other projects, she also has the award winning podcast Unprisoned which examines the criminal legal system from a human perspective.  She also gave a TED talk The Human Stories Behind Mass Incarceration


Ebony Underwood of We Got Us Now—a national Non Profit organization advocating for children of the incarcerated.  Her podcast, of the same name, discusses issues of incarceration as they pertain to the impact of incarceration on families and children.


Julia Lazareck of Prison the Hidden Sentence that provides information and stories for and from those involved in and affected by the prison system.  She also just published a book of the same name.


12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m.

Reimagining Public Education: Racial and Social Justice in Our Schools and Classrooms
Noel Calendaria, National Education Association
Separate Registration

1:00p.m. - 2:30p.m.

Responding in Education: Program, Policies and Practices to Support Children of the Incarcerated

Panelists will consider the important role that schools play in the lives of children with incarcerated parents and their families. Issues such as themes and variations in the needs of families,  schools as protective and resilience factors for children and for incarcerated parents, practices that can support children in the day to day of school life, and challenges to the process including legal and policy implications.

Moderated By:

Ann Adalist-Estrin, Director National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated 
Rutgers University Camden


Whitney Q. Hollins, PhD, NYC Dept of Education
Shannon Ellis, M.Ed. School District of Philadelphia
Ashley Dalton, Esq., Equal Justice Works Fellow Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP at the Youth Advocacy Foundation’s Edlaw Project


2:30p.m. - 3:30p.m.

Integrated school based models to support Children of Incarcerated Parents

 Integrating collaborative school based models at the District Level and School Level to ensure compassionate, appropriate and competent support of  children of incarcerated parents in a sustainable, whole-school approach.

Diane Booker, Chief Strategy Officer & Executive Vice President, US Dream Academy
Dr. Alphonso Evans Sr, Deputy Superintendent Chester Charter School District



WE GOT US NOW: "It Takes A Village" ~ Advocating with Children of Incarcerated Parents

This distinguished group of directly impacted subject matter experts will provide  insight into the cues/signs that indicate whether a child is experiencing parental incarceration. 

Join us to learn more about which steps educators, social workers, and the greater community can take to support the social-emotional wellbeing of directly impacted children & young adults. 

We Got Us Now panelists include:
Ebony Underwood - Founder/CEO, We Got Us Now
Alexandra Pech - PhD Candidate/ Adjunct Professor
Hena Ali - Social Worker/ School Counselor
Jasmine Fernandez - Education/Policy Strategist, We Got Us Now
Kyndia Riley - Elementary School Teacher
Tiffany Brown - Founder, Developing Despite Distance 
Tony Lewis - Adjunct Professor/Author

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October 21st:  Supportive Programming, Practices & Policies

Sign up to learn about programs in the community that benefit children of incarcerated parents, families of the incarcerated as well as programs for the incarcerated. 

 Session times are listed in Pacific Time

8:00a.m.-    9:30a.m.

Avoiding Recidivism with Supportive Re-Entry Programming

Sarah Douthit, Chief Probation Officer, Coconino County Adult Probation
Tim Tucker, Deputy Administrator, Workforce Development Administration, Arizona Department of Economic Security
Franz Beazley, AZ Common Ground
Melissa Boudreau, Adult Probation Supervisor, Community Re-Entry


9:45a.m.–   11:45am


Enhancing the lives of Children of the Incarcerated: An Interactive Panel


Join the discussion with programs: Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, Parenting Inside Out, POPS the Club, and Echoes of Incarceration as they discuss supporting children and parents affected by incarceration.

Amy Friedman, Executive Director, POPS the Club
Leticia Longoria-Navarro, Interim Executive Director, Pathfinder network
Richard Hines-Norwood, Parenting Inside Out Program Manager
Barb Strachan , Director-Social Impact Programs, Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus- Pine Council- Girl Scouts Beyond Bars Program
Jeremy Robbins - Echoes of Incarceration
Kharon Benson - Echoes of Incarceration
Katherine Secaida, Pops grad and ambassador



Effective Programs that Support Families with Young Children

Join us for an engaging discussion as four programs being implemented in Pinal County share evidence-based strategies that are supporting families with a parent or caregiver that is involved in the criminal justice system.  Learn about their successes and challenges and the importance of intervening early to change family outcomes.

Shannon Brown, Pinal Regional Director, First Things First
Ashley Crooks, Fun Van Educator, Apache Junction Public Library
Briana Frenzel,  Pinal Regional Council Member/Criminal Justice Researcher
Adrienne (AJ) Gain, Fun Van Educator, Apache Junction Public Library
Denise Huddleston, Program Director Pinal County, Child & Family Resources
Elizabeth Santiago,, Family, Friend and Neighbor Program Director, United Way of Pinal County
Esther Turner, Senior Program Coordinator, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Pinal County

1:00p.m. -   2:00p.m.


Family Participation & Community Building in the HEP Classroom

Higher Education in Prison Programming that included a sleepover for children of incarcerated parents with their mothers who were sentenced to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Bahiyyah M. Muhammad, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminology
Howard University

2:15p.m. - 3:15 p.m.







3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Supportive Adults are the Key to Developing Resilience in Children of Incarcerated Parents
Dr. Rosemary Martoma

Rosemary Martoma, MD, FAAP, president of KidsMates, and founding member of American Academy of Pediatrics Child Welfare Policy Pediatric Learning Collaborative, takes us on a journey of the science behind why supportive adults are the key to developing resilience in children of incarcerated parents. She draws on her wealth of experience as a pediatrician and as an impacted individual to discuss practical strategies (including her C.A.R.E.S. Approach) for caregivers of children facing parental incarceration. 



13 years of trial-and-error – the 1st statewide initiative for CIP shares some of its lessons-learned
Aileen Keays, M.S., Project Manager, Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP),
Central Connecticut State University
James M. Conway, PhD, Professor of Psychological Science,
Central Connecticut State University

The Connecticut Children with Incarcerated Parents Initiative (CTCIP) at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) was created in 2007 with funding from the state General Assembly to provide supportive services for children who have experienced the incarceration of a close family member. With that funding, the Initiative has been able to provide financial support for a diverse array of programming. Intervention types have included arrest protocols, in-school arts-based interventions, a basketball program, media making, mentoring, a literacy and Kwanzaa based after-school program, trauma-focused counseling, in-home counseling and case management and more. The Initiative has also contracted with faculty to evaluate the impact those interventions had on the children served. This presentation will provide a brief introduction to the myriad of service-types that the CTCIP has supported and will introduce the guiding principles it has developed based on the Initiative’s many lessons-learned. 


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Wednesday October 28th:  Advocacy 
Topics on this day will focus on what advocacy looks like throughout the system of incarceration from arrest, incarceration, children and families of the incarcerated, and re-entry.  Learn about advocacy groups, their work, and how to move from advocacy into action.

 Session times are listed in Pacific Time

8:00a.m.-    9:30a.m.

Ethical Dilemmas: Advocacy for children and families impacted by the justice system in the time of racial reckoning, technology dependence and the politics of fear.

The work of responding to the needs of children and families impacted by incarceration is changing. We have moved beyond  simply raising awareness of those needs to addressing changes in perspectives that influence policy and practice within the systems that serve children and families. We are making progress in implementing the “Nothing About Us Without Us” mandate for expecting that those with lived experience define the problems and design solutions and are also beginning to see racial inequities addressed from the top down instead of the bottom up - in the forming and hiring of staff and Boards of directors and  in Research and Publications. Advocacy around these issues challenges us all to examine the that come with the territory. COVID- 19 puts all of this in the context of technology dependence and political turmoil.  This roundtable will highlight  ethical dilemmas related  to advocacy such as managing collaborations while respecting confidentiality, combatting  white privilege to move to equitable inclusion and the “unconscious” buy- in to the negative narrative for children with incarcerated parents that influences funding and practice.


Ann Adalist-Estrin, Director
National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated At Rutgers University Camden

Carol Burton CEO & Principal Consultant Jeweld Legacy Group, Oakland, CA
The session will also include additional panelists with lived experiences


9:45a.m.–   10:45a.m.

The Hidden Causalities of the Criminal Justice System
Isabel Coronado and Zaki Smith will speak on the barriers, policy solutions, and the strength that children of incarcerated parents and formerly incarcerated people endure as a result of the criminal justice system. 













12:00pm - 1:00pm

Harsh Sentences Hurt Families

In 2018, released a groundbreaking study, finding that nearly 1 in 2 Americans has had a family member incarcerated. This research highlights the true number of people affected by our incarceration system and only underscores the urgency to shrink the system and protect more families from the pain and separation of incarceration.


The size and scope of the carceral system is driven largely by the United States’ uniquely high rates of imprisonment and jailing. However, high imprisonment rates only paint a portion of the picture — another key driver of the incarceration crisis is the practice of extremely long, harsh sentences. 1 in 7 people has had a family member incarcerated for a year or longer. For a family, a year is a missed birthday, Christmas, or first day of school.


Presenters will explore the many levers used by the criminal legal system to separate families and ways to protect America’s families through advocacy efforts.


Advocating for the Incarcerated: How lived experience shapes advocacy
Gabriel Sharp
Anna Ochoa
Brandon Corbitt
Moderated by: Dr. Judy Krysik Associate Professor & Director, Center for Child Well-being (CCWB)





1:00p.m. -   2:30p.m.

Justice Across Generations: Advocacy and Children of the Incarcerated

In this session you will hear from leading advocates & organizations about the need for Justice Across Generations. When a parent is incarcerated, an entire family is incarcerated, and the children are usually left behind to bear the collateral consequences sometimes over decades. Our discussion will highlight legislative advocacy efforts initiated and amplified across the US  by children with incarcerated parents, and also address the need to rethink lengthy and life sentences shifting from punishment to accountability, healing and transformation. 


Ebony Underwood, We Got Us Now
Dominque Johnson, Daughters Beyond Incarceration
Youth speaker, Osborne Youth Team
Tanya Krupat, Osborne



Chesa Boudin, District Attorney San Francisco
Moving Advocacy to Action
-- Separate Registration--

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