This training will be a panel discussion on prison closures in the state of California and how advocacy groups, “abolitionists,” and administrative agencies perceive the role, purpose, and plan of prison closure in our state landscape. The conversation will bring together speakers from the advocacy community and state government to share their perspectives on this timely and urgent subject. Our experts will talk about the role that prisons have in society, why the calls to close prisons are taking place in our communities, and how prison closures are handled from an administrative perspective. They will also discuss how efforts to close prisons fit into conversations about public safety.


Moderator: Joanna Billingy, Policy Manager, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC)

Anthony DiMartino, Government Affairs Director, Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ)
Caitlin O’Neil, Senior Fiscal and Policy Analyst, California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO)
Amber Rose Howard, Executive Director, Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB)
Claudia Gonzalez, Policy Advocate & Economic Security Coach, Root & Rebound (R&R)
Tom Nolan, Counsel, Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP
Edward Little, Policy Advocate, Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ)

The Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) is an approved multi-activity MCLE provider (Provider #2303).

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The Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) produces trainings designed for civil legal aid and pro bono attorneys throughout the state, bringing the experts directly to the advocates helping low-income Californians. Technology permitting, all trainings are recorded and archived for later on-demand viewing by advocates. This training is intended to provide legal information, not legal advice, for the purposes of training only practicing attorneys. The legal information in this webinar is not intended to be a substitute for seeking personalized legal advice from an attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction.

Prison Closures, From Abolition to Administration: An Honest Conversation