What Role Can Designers and Researchers Play in
Prison Abolition?

Since our founding 10 years ago, PPL has tackled all sorts of challenges that Americans face when using public programs. As we imagine PPL’s next decade, we’re exploring the social issues and public systems we’d like to transform. 

First up: Community-led justice and prison abolition.

We see the effects that America’s criminal justice system has on the communities we serve. We believe public-sector innovation labs like PPL have a role to play in addressing the systemic issues and oppression that incarceration causes in communities across America. 

To learn more, we’re hosting a public panel on June 15 with folks from different areas of the criminal justice system. They'll answer our questions (and yours) about community-led justice and explore with us how designers and researchers might collaborate in service of a more just future. 

Reserve tickets through our Eventbrite below! 
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Meet Our Panelists!

Derrick Nkosi Cain, a lifelong resident of Brooklyn, NY, graduated from Bard College and the New York Theological Seminary. He was the Director of Client Services at the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund for the past five years, working alongside advocates and elected officials for systems change. Derrick Nkosi is from the impacted community, having experienced incarceration and his lived experience and professional accomplishment has inspired his commitment to systems change. Derrick specializes in advocacy, criminal justice training and organizational development.
Anthonine Pierre is the Deputy Director of the Brooklyn Movement Center (BMC). She oversees BMC’s organizing, operations and communications efforts. Anthonine’s Central Brooklyn organizing work has included co-founding No Disrespect, BMC’s abolitionist anti-street harassment collective, and supporting the family of Saheed Vassell, a Crown Heights resident killed by NYPD officers in 2018. Repping BMC in the police accountability coalition Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), Anthonine has led on several citywide campaigns, including #DefundNYPD, passing the Right to Know Act & the Justice for Eric Garner campaign. Anthonine joined BMC in 2011 with a steady resume in public policy, government relations and youth leadership development. Her passion for organizing is grounded in her Haitian immigrant upbringing in Giuliani-era New York City and her love of Octavia Butler. When she’s not trying to move dope people together towards the afrofuture, you can find her biking around her native Flatbush with her husband, Jeffrey. 
Jennifer Rittner is a writer, educator, advocate, and communications strategist who teaches in the graduate and undergraduate design programs at the School of Visual Arts. Her courses include design history, design for social value, design & politics, and thesis. A daughter of women, Jennifer centers the voices of her near ancestors Bernadette, Aurea, and Dianqui in her practices.
David Simpson is the founder and co-director of the Student Justice League, an organization that brings together formerly incarcerated jailhouse lawyers and college students to advocate on behalf of people incarcerated in federal prison. David founded SJL at Columbia University in 2018 with student organizer Anna Sugrue in order to continue the advocacy work he did during his ten-year sentence in federal prison. 
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