Youth Justice


For Immediate Release
April 28, 2010


For More Information Contact:
Michele Stillwell-Parvensky
Harvard Kennedy School
e-mail Michele Stillwell
Barbara Best
Texas Executive Director
Children’s Defense Fund
e-mail Barbra Best


Community Leaders Come Together for Cradle to Prison Pipeline® Summit in Massachusetts

More than 150 leaders will gather at Harvard Law School on April 29, 2010, to develop action plans to dismantle the pipeline

The Cradle to Prison Pipeline is an urgent national crisis that leaves a Black boy born in 2001 with a one in three risk of going to prison and a Latino boy with a one in six risk. The prison pipeline is fueled by pervasive poverty, racial disparities, inadequate health and mental health care, gaps in early childhood development, disparate educational opportunities, chronic abuse and neglect, and overburdened and ineffective juvenile justice systems.

More than 150 community and faith leaders, policy makers and law enforcement officials from across Massachusetts will come together to participate in a half-day summit to examine the prison pipeline and develop action plans to dismantle the it in Massachusetts.

The summit is part of the Children’s Defense Fund’s national Cradle to Prison Pipeline campaign.

Coming Together to Dismantle the Prison Pipeline in Massachusetts:
A Half-Day Summit of Community, Faith and Policy Leaders
WHO: Speakers include:
Marian Wright Edelman, President and Founder, Children’s Defense Fund
Jane Tewksbury, Commissioner, Department of Youth Services
Reverend Jeff Brown, Executive Director, Boston TenPoint Coalition
WHEN: April 29, 2010, from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Marian Wright Edelman will speak from 1:00 pm-1:45 pm
Jane Tewksbury and Rev. Jeff Brown will speak from 1:45 pm-2:30 pm
WHERE: Ropes Gray Room, Pound Hall, Harvard Law School
1563 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

Sponsored by: Children’s Defense Fund, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School, Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and Bright Beginnings at Harvard Graduate School of Education.