The Roundtable on the Future of Justice Policy

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(Pictured L to R: Lorraine Taylor, Jeremy Travis, and Robert Brown at the inaugural convening of The Roundtable in October 2018)


The Roundtable on the Future of Justice Policy is a series of public, live-streamed forums that bring together a cross-section of leaders, community members, academics, and other experts to consider discussion papers authored by leading researchers. They are designed to spark transformational thinking about what we can expect for our communities and our justice system. Building on research, entrepreneurial practices, and real-work expertise in communities, the Roundtable will showcase work from the very local to the global, creating a public record for learning and sharing information about what a new “square one” might look like.

The next Roundtable will be in Detroit from October 10th - October 12th, 2019. Join our email list to stay updated!


The second Roundtable took place from March 28th through March 30th, 2019 in Oakland, California.

See our agenda here , the full participant list here, and their bios here.

Read all papers from oakland roundtable here OR BY AUTHOR BELOW:


Recognition, Reparation, and the Reconstruction of ‘Square One’ // GeoFF WARD

Knowing What We Want: A Decent Society, a Civilized System of Justice, and a Condition of Dignity // JONATHAN SIMON

Criminal Law and Migration Control: Recent History and Reform Possibilities // Jennifer M. Chacón

A Review of Recent Historical Scholarship on Racial Criminalization and Punitive Policy in the United States // Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Due Process and the Theater of Racial Degradation: The Evolving Notion of Pretrial Punishment in the Criminal Courts // Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve


Formerly Incarcerated Women and Identity Change // BRIDGET CERVELLI

Life Without Parole: The Shocking Reality // John Purugganan

On the Conditions of Confinement // Brian Yang





The first Roundtable took place in October 2018. Below you can find a full list of materials and information:

Participant List
Full transcripts
Papers published from the Roundtable

Read more About the first roundtable and see photos here.

The Square One Roundtable on the Future of Justice Policy is made possible by: