October 23, 2023

Jocelyn Simonson and James Forman Jr. in conversation

Radical Acts of Justice at the Center for Brooklyn History

Across the country, ordinary people are challenging the ideas that prosecutions and prisons make us safer; that public officials charged with maintaining “law and order” are carrying out the will of the people; and that justice requires putting people in cages. In her book Radical Acts of JusticeJocelyn Simonson (Brooklyn Law School) demonstrates the power of collective organizing to dismantle the carceral system and reimagine justice. Join her in conversation with James Forman Jr. (Yale Law School), as they discuss the lessons from those leading the way that empower us all to take action.

This event is free and open to the public, and co-hosted by n+1, Brooklyn Law School, the New Press, and Brooklyn Public Library.

Monday, October 23
6:30 PM
Center for Brooklyn History
128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn NY

A former public defender, Jocelyn Simonson is professor of law at Brooklyn Law School and the leading national authority on community bail funds. Her work has been cited by the Supreme Court and discussed in The Atlantic, the New Yorker, and the Associated Press, and she has written for the New York Times, The Nation, n+1, the Washington Post, and others. Radical Acts of Justice (The New Press) is her first book. She lives in New York City.

James Forman Jr. is the J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He teaches criminal law and Access to Law School, a pipeline program serving first-generation and underrepresented minority students from New Haven who wish to pursue a legal career. He is the faculty director of Yale’s Center for Law and Racial Justice and is the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Locking Up Our Own.