Risk and Dangerousness in an Unequal Society
Join the Chicago Community Bond Fund for a night of discussion and exploration around the concepts of risk and dangerousness. As we work to abolish monetary bond and end pretrial incarceration, questions inevitably arise around who “deserves” to be incarcerated and who deserves to be free. These determinations are always influenced by the racism, classism, transmisogyny, ableism and other structures in which the criminal punishment system is grounded.
The idea of evaluating the “riskiness” of a human being assumes that some people are inherently dangerous and must be isolated from society. As we strive toward decarceration and abolition, it’s crucial that we challenge the notion of criminality itself, and break down our assumptions about danger.
This event will feature a group of amazing panelists: Charity Tolliver from Black on Both Sides; Emmanuel Andre from Circles & Ciphers; Alan Mills from Uptown People’s Law Center; Crystal Laura, author of “Being Bad: My Baby Brother and the School-to-Prison Pipeline”; Ali Abid from Chicago Appleseed; and Monica Cosby from Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration. We’ll also have snacks. We hope you’ll join us for this powerful conversation! 6:30pm gather, 7:00pm panel start.