Leonard Manzella’s CAGES
While counseling mentally ill patients in a corrupt prison system, a psychologist is challenged to evaluate his own life by the very inmates he came to help.
When Dr. Tom Morri returns to the prison he had previously been terminated from, he begins to see the system – and himself – through the eyes of the five inmates he treats. One is a carjacking murderer, one is a bank robber, one is a pimp, one is a gang member, and one is well — you have to see it to believe it.
CAGES runs for two weekends only at the Santa Cruz Theatre. Cast includes: Joe Bunner, Cliff Kammerdiener, Regan Goins, Omarr Cantu, Sam Domino, Marc Pouhe, Ronnie Williams and Jay Windsor.
There will be a Q&A about prisons, and prison reform, with the playwright, Leonard Manzella, following each performance.
For more information and to purchase tickets go here.
January 31, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST
Join us for a lunchtime discussion on the Texas Law Civil Rights Clinic’s new report Preventable Tragedies: How to Reduce Mental Health-Related Deaths in Texas Jails. Prof. Ranjana Natarajan will moderate a panel featuring Diana Claitor of the Texas Jail Project and two of the report authors, Amanda Gnaedinger and Alex Stamm. The Report tells the stories of ten tragic and preventable deaths in Texas Jails and offers recommendations to improve diversion and treatment of persons with mental illness and related health needs.
Presented by the William Wayne Justice Center. Co-Sponsored by the UT Opportunity Forum and Texas Law Civil Rights Clinic.
Event is free but registration is required. For more information and to register click here.
TEXAS ADVOCATES FOR JUSTICE
Advocacy Day February 1, 2017
Gather at the Federal Courthouse
March to the Capitol for a rally at the south steps
See the art exhibit and installation in the basement rotunda
Speak with your representative!
February 2, 2017 5:15 PM – 7:00 PM CST
Please join the LBJ School of Public Affairs Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) and the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD) on Thursday, February 2, 2017 for a talk by Dr. Keramet Reiter, author of the new book “23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement.”
For more information and to register to attend go here.
February 13, 2017 1-2PM
Hosted by Texas Inmate Families Association, Texas Voices, Texas Cure and other partner organizations. Join us as families from across the state will be coming together on the south steps of the State Capitol to Rally for criminal justice reform. Registration is free and can be done by going here .
In 2016, with the support of Shield-Ayres Foundation, the Roundtable launched an Advocacy Fellowship Program for formerly incarcerated persons with lived experience navigating the criminal justice system and reentering the community. The Fellowship program was such a success that we are expanding it to include an additional Fellowship position for 2017. The new Fellow will be supervised by the Senior Fellow. The goal of the Fellowship program is two-fold: (1) to enhance the capacity of the Roundtable to address the challenges of reentry and reintegration and support social justice in our community, and (2) develop the leadership capacity of the fellow by providing opportunities and mentorship to enhance their professional skills such as research, writing, and coordinating, planning, and leading activities. An additional Fellow will increase the capacity of the Roundtable to organize and lead advocacy work of the Planning Council, focusing on our three key strategic areas: housing, employment, and behavioral health services. The Fellows will jointly support the Reentry Advocacy Project (RAP) to engage formerly incarcerated men and women in the community and will serve as consumer advocates on various local and state task forces and initiatives. Click here for more information about the Fellowship and to apply. Applications are due January 11th, 2017.