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Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline Project Conference

Data Democratization:
Building Strategies to Disrupt and Dismantle the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline

March 31, 2023

The Cradle-to-Prison (C2P) Pipeline embodies the cumulative impact of multiple factors — beginning before birth and persisting through childhood, adolescence,and the teen years — that disproportionately diverts youth from communities of color toward incarceration. Join Northeastern Law’s Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration (CPIAC) for this conference focused on providing an interdisciplinary collaboration space to examine the collateral consequences that result from systems involvement and, more importantly, to generate data-driven solutions to disrupt mass incarceration.

Many systems that contribute to future incarceration, including lack of housing or pervasive poverty, operate as a birth penalty for historically under-resourced and under-invested communities. Increased data access and transparency about these contributors can serve as a tool for influencing legislation, advocacy and community activism within Massachusetts. This conference will focus on the potential of data democratization to dismantle harmful systems currently in place and to help level a playing field that is currently so tilted against vulnerable and marginalized communities.

CPIAC’s flagship research initiative, the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline Project (C2P Project), launched in 2019 with a Northeastern University Tier 1 grant, is a collaboration among CPIAC; Northeastern University’s College of Arts, Media and Design (CAMD) and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. This conference celebrates the C2P Project’s third anniversary, accomplishments to date and will create space to chart its future.

Keynote Address

Alan Dettlaff is a professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, where he also served as dean through 2022. Professor Dettlaff began his career as a social worker in the family policing system, where he worked as a caseworker 

and administrator. Today, his work focuses on ending the harm that results from this system. In 2020, he helped to create and launch the upEND movement, a collaborative effort dedicated to abolishing the family policing system and building alternatives that focus on healing and liberation.

Professor Dettlaff received his bachelor’s degree in social work from TCU, and master’s and PhD in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is author of the forthcoming book, Racist Intents: American Child Welfare in the Afterlife of Slavery and the Case for Abolition, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2023. He is also co-founding editor of Abolitionist Perspectives in Social Work, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal dedicated to developing and disseminating an abolitionist praxis in social work.

Mar 31, 2023

9:00 am to 4:30 pm