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ACTION, CONNECTION, AND EDUCATION  June 12, 2017 - Van Jones & Roc Nation are proud to announce a groundbreaking partnership and nationwide event tour: WE RISE Tour powered by #LoveArmy. WE RISE will bring an array of artists, athletes, thought leaders and local leaders to cities across the country this summer. Van Jones, a...
 Jessica Jackson joins Fox 5 DC to talk about her personal story and share how #cut50 is building bipartisan consensus for criminal justice reform.
From: Jessica Jackson Sloan, National Director of #cut50 and Mayor of Mill Valley, CA In response to: The appointment of Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke to serve as Assistant Secretary to Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Partnership and Programs, liaising with 18,000 law enforcement agencies around the country: “This appointment...
Join us Wednesday at 10:30 PST/1:30 PM EST for a Facebook Live conversation with Melissa Fitzgerald of National Association of Drug Court Professionals (you may have seen her on The West Wing) as we discuss the importance of drug courts in saving taxpayer dollars, reducing crime, and ensuring public safety. Share...
Our prisons house incredible talent and genius: mentors, artists, writers, and storytellers. We are honored to work with some of these brilliant men to share their stories of transformation, self-accountability, and healing from behind bars in a new collaboration with the San Quentin media lab called #UnlockGenius - a social media video project...
A few years ago, it looked like the Republican party was starting to change its tune on criminal justice. After groups like Black Lives Matter brought the issue of policing into the mainstream, and the Obama administration set its sight on lowering incarceration rates, the GOP, once the party of tough-on-crime policies,...
Jessica Jackson Sloan’s professional journey has been driven by a mixture of passion and necessity. She was a housewife in Georgia and mother to a baby daughter, when her husband at the time was sentenced to six years in prison for a non-violent offense. Her world was turned upside down;...
WASHINGTON ― For years, conservatives like Charles Koch and Newt Gingrich have joined progressives in urging Congress to reform inflexible sentencing laws that mandate lengthy prison terms for particular crimes. Critics say these laws, a relic of the failed war on the drugs, are unnecessary, costly and inhumane. But Jeff Sessions did not fully get on board with reform when he was a...
Published in The New York Daily News When bipartisan legislation in North Carolina passes, New York could be left as the last state in the nation where 16- and 17-year-olds are tried as adults in criminal courts. Fortunately, there is an opportunity for New York to save itself from that...
By Van Jones and Gerard Robinson Friday, March 31, 2017 Every year, more than 650,000 men and women leave prison and return home to communities across America. They are often released with little more than some spare change, a bus ticket and a criminal record that bars access to some of their most basic...
https://www.usnews.com/opinion/civil-wars/articles/2017-03-30/conservative-states-are-giving-juveniles-a-second-chance-after-prison By Jody Kent Lavy and Jessica Jackson Sloan March 30, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. Last week, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed into law SB 294, or the Fair Sentencing of Minors Act, making Arkansas the 18th state to ban life without parole sentences for children. At first glance, this move may seem uncharacteristic...
Thom Hartmann Porgram is a leading political talk radio show. Thom talks with Jessica Sloan about the harmful effects of the prison industrial complex, as well as efforts to greatly reduce them nationwide. Jessica Sloan is the National Director and Co-Founder of #Cut50 with Van Jones, Mayor of Mill City, CA, and former...
Our nation’s prison system faces a systemic, fundamental problem that must be addressed. Over the past 40 years, the prison population in the United States has increased 500%, with 2.2 million people currently incarcerated. Together, we have the responsibility and opportunity to reverse that trend and reform a criminal justice system...
Google thinks science and data are key in advancing racial justice — and it's putting up millions of dollars to prove it.  The tech giant's philanthropic arm, Google.org, is pledging $11.5 million to U.S. organizations dedicated to racial justice and criminal justice reform. The grants will be distributed over the next...
The International Data Corporation estimates that the augmented- and virtual-reality market, valued at $5.2 billion in 2016, will grow to $162 billion by 2020. Just in the past year, VR found new applications in professional training, commerce, patient recovery, and childbirth. But a whole new area of adoption is also underway. Social justice and policy advocates are beginning...
On March 1st, #cut50 partnered with hundreds of Ambassadors of Empathy all across the country to make the national Day of Empathy one of the single largest days of action in criminal justice history! Our network of deeply passionate and hard working partners made a profound impact on state-level reform efforts...
The stars of “Underground” are taking their talents to the magazine circuit. The YBF stars cover the newest issue of UPSCALE magazine. More inside… Before “Underground” premieres its 2nd season on WGN America TONIGHT, four of the stars who make the show so epic got cleaned up for a new...
Leslie is joined by Jessica Jackson Sloan, the national director and co-founder of #cut50, a bipartisan effort to cut the U.S. prison population in half. The two discuss #Cut50's National 'Day of Empathy,' which brought communities impacted by our broken criminal justice system to state Capitols across America. See full...
By Wesley Sykes wsykes@s-t.com BOSTON — One by one, rehabilitated ex-convicts took the podium at Nurses Hall in the Statehouse to share their stories of an uphill road to reintegration in society. Jumaane Kendrick was in and out of prison, saw 17 friends die due to gang violence and has...
There are too many people in prison, activists say, but incarceration laws won’t change until citizens and legislators learn to put themselves in the shoes of the imprisoned. “Without empathy, we cannot achieve meaningful policy changes,” said Jerome Dillard, state director of Ex-Prisoners Organizing (EXPO). To that end, people who...
"Cut50 is a project by The DreamCorps that aims to reduce the number of people incarcerated through awareness campaigns like #DayofEmpathy and #ClemencyNOW." See full article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/28-organizations-that-are-empowering-black-communities_us_58a730fde4b045cd34c13d9a
Without the devastating ramifications of mass incarceration, Donald Trump never would have been elected president of the United States. That’s an argument that Van Jones, CNN host of The Messy Truth, nimbly makes in an interview with Vanity Fair. He quickly deconstructs how the country’s current prison system—a topic explored in the Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary 13th—disadvantages...
Hosted by: Jo Ann Hardesty Produced by:  KBOO Program::  Voices from the Edge Air date:  Thu, 02/02/2017 - 8:00am to 9:00am Jo Ann Hardesty welcomes Jessica Jackson Sloan to KBOO Jessica Jackson Sloan is the national director and co-founder of #cut50, a bipartisan effort to cut the U.S. prison population in half. Jessica is a human rights attorney who began...
Statement from #cut50 National Director Jessica Jackson Sloan: “With this last act of mercy, President Obama has closed out a historic effort to restore some balance and fairness to a federal prison system that has caused needless destruction of thousands of lives and families. “We continue to waste our precious...
RONNIE Elrod is certain the second time’s the charm. After serving 18 months in prison in 1986, Elrod thought he learned his lesson. But six years after his release, Elrod found himself in a familiar place: out of work and unable to find a job. “Yet again,” he says, “I made...
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)— A first-of-its-kind summit in California is being held in San Francisco today to help businesses give convicts a chance at employment after they are released from prison or jail, organizers said.   The Second Chance Summit started at 9 a.m. and went until 4 p.m. at 1446 Market St.   The...
Jamiles Lartey in The Guardian     Barack Obama speaks as he tours the El Reno federal correctional institution in El Reno, Oklahoma, the first visit to a federal prison by a sitting US president. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images   Wayland Wilson could have been out a quarter-century earlier if he...
By SARAH WHEATON in POLITICO 11/22/16 03:10 PM EST President Barack Obama offered a new batch of commutations on Tuesday, passing the 1,000 mark for his presidency. For advocates of criminal justice reform, Obama’s efforts to lighten out-of-date sentences for nonviolent drug offenders have taken on new urgency since the election. While...
By Vice News on Nov 16, 2016 Watch the video on VICE.com    Families of inmates with pending clemency petitions gathered for a candlelight vigil outside the White House on Monday night to urge President Obama to grant more clemencies before he leaves office. The event was organized by the criminal justice...
With time running out on the Obama White House, activists and family members of current inmates fear the door on clemency is about to slam shut. C.J. Ciaramella|Nov. 17, 2016 on Reason.com   In the final year of his presidency, Obama began commuting the sentences of hundreds of federal inmates...
By Jordan Fabian - 11/04/16 - The Hill President Obama on Friday commuted the sentences of 72 inmates, the latest sign he is accelerating his clemency push during his final months in office. It was the second time in the past eight days the White House announced that a large group of people,...
By Lydia Wheeler - 11/02/16 - The Hill With each passing day, Alice Johnson gets a little more nervous. The 61-year-old mother of four and now grandmother has petitioned President Obama for clemency after spending the last 20 years behind bars for a nonviolent drug offense. She was given a life sentence for...
Obama’s clemency total now stands at 872. Ryan J. Reilly Senior Justice Reporter, The Huffington Post  WASHINGTON ― President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 98 federal prisoners on Thursday, meaning he has shortened the sentences of 872 individuals over the course of his presidency. The individuals granted clemency on Thursday were...
Justin Sink in Bloomberg Pace of commutations increases as president’s term winds down Obama’s clemency efforts provoke complaints on right and left President Barack Obama has now ordered more prisoners released early from federal penitentiaries in a single year than any of his predecessors, after commuting the sentences of 98...
Tonight’s Rumble discusses all aspects of last night’s Vice Presidential debate with guests Charles Sauer, Valerie Ervin, and Angela Morabito. Thom discusses Mike Pence’s bizarre thoughts on policing in America with #cut50’s Jessica Jackson Sloan and in tonight’s Daily Take Thom details why Bill Clinton is right about the problems...
Part of Ava DuVernay’s new documentary "13th" looks at how ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, has played a central role in the expansion of the U.S. prison system. ALEC has worked with states to write legislation promoting the privatization of prisons in addition to pushing for harsher, longer sentences. We speak to...
The two-day inaugural music and arts festival brought together like-minded celebrities and activists—including Angela Davis, Jesse Williams, John Legend, Common and Public Enemy—to highlight issues important to the disenfranchised. BY: RONDA RACHA PENRICE Posted: October 3, 2016 TheRoot.com Harry Belafonte and Jesse Williams at Many Rivers to Cross festival in Fairburn, Ga.,...
Maya Rhodan  @m_rhodan Sept. 27, 2016 Published in TIME Midway through the debate, Holt, who is African American, asked the candidates what they would do to improve U.S. race relations, which have been marred by police shootings and protests. In his response, Trump failed to offer the usual generic blandishments...
BY SOPHIA STUARTSEPTEMBER 14, 2016 11:53AM ESTPC Magazine Project Empathy, a series of first-person VR tales, connects viewers with those inside the criminal justice system. Where movies provide an escape from reality, virtual reality can plunge the participant deep into the world itself. At least that's the motive behind Project Empathy, a series of...
A last-ditch attempt to accelerate the president’s initiative shows why commutations for federal offenders are so hard to procure. VANN R. NEWKIRK II // AUG 16, 2016  // THE ATLANTIC Earlier this month, President Obama made history by commuting the sentencesof 214 people in federal prisons. That action, one of the...
For all the bipartisan support, the nation’s highest level of government has yet to act.  PHILADELPHIA ― The criminal justice system and its problems received prominent attention this week during the Democratic National Convention. Hillary Clinton vowed to reform it “from end to end.” Mothers whose children have died in racially charged...
When justice calls for help: Spotlight on Jessica Sloan By Joanne Williams in The Pacific Sun Sometimes calls for justice move from the streets to the internet—and with luck, to Capitol Hill. The criminal justice reform organization #cut50 is proof of that. When Mill Valley Vice Mayor Jessica Sloan met Democratic activist...
Media Contacts: ●      Alex@cut50.org, 415.240.2016 New York City --- Today, Alicia Keys, We Are Here Movement and #cut50 launched a new campaign urging Speaker Paul Ryan to schedule a vote on criminal justice reforms. The Grammy-award winning artist is asking the Speaker of the U.S. House to show love and compassion for...
Citing second chances, Obama pledges solitary confinement reform Originally published on PBS Newshour President Obama has pledged to ban solitary confinement for juveniles in the federal prison system and to reform the rules for other prisoners. What effect will his executive actions have? Hari Sreenivasan discusses the proposed changes with...
Originally published in the Marin Independent Journal Many Americans listening to President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night might have been surprised to hear the president say there is an issue on which he believes Democrats and Republicans can work together in 2016: reform of the criminal justice...
This article originally appeared on Billboard.com On the heels of President Obama’s final State of the Union address on Tuesday, Alicia Keys is endorsing a new movement on Change.org: #JusticeReformNOW. The movement is on behalf of the president’s request that Congress pass a criminal justice reform bill as soon as possible to, as Keys notes,...
This article originally appeared on RollingOut.com  Alicia Keys partners with change.org and #cut50, an initiative founded by Van Jones, to launch the #WeAreHere for #JusticeReformNOW movement. Earlier this week, the Grammy award winning singer made a call-to-action in an open letter to fans, encouraging them to sign a petition to reform the justice...
This post originally appeared on TakePart.com School board officials introduced a plan on Tuesday that would provide programs, curricula, and other services to at-risk youths. 
This article originally appeared on Vice.com When criminal justice scholars look back at the explosion in America's prison population in the late 20th and early 21st century, they may well mark 2015 as the year it began to come to an end. It was, after all, the year that President Barack Obama...
By Van Jones and Jessica Jackson, for CNN.com Debtors' prison is supposed to be illegal in the United States. But in too many American cities, it has made a shocking return. This week, a bipartisan group of leaders, and a few A-list celebrities, gathered at the White House to do...
Grammy award-winning singer Alicia Keys Friday announced her social justice movement We Are Here is partnering with prison reform group #cut50 in a new online video campaign urging people to sign their petition calling on Congress and the White House to pass "meaningful" criminal justice reforms before the end of the year. 
(Van Jones, for CNN) After decades of failed policies, advocates and political leaders finally have swung open the door for fundamental reform in our criminal justice system. The U.S. Senate recently held a major hearing and a committee vote that dramatically advanced the reform agenda. We also witnessed the Brennan Center organizing the nation's top law enforcement...
"We can no longer afford to be this cruel to our young," singer-songwriter tells congressional staffers at event with Senator Cory Booker and activist Van Jones. From time to time, celebrities visit Washington to join advocates in favor of a cause – often raising the profile of an issue by...
#cut50 Hails Historic Week, U.S. House Introduces Bipartisan Reform Legislation ** See tweets from 90+ celebrities supporting #JusticeReformNow here: storify.com/cut_50/justicereformnow ** "Goodlatte's new bill and the SAFE Justice Act, which was introduced earlier this year, both have good points," said Van Jones, co-founder of prison reform group #cut50. "Chairman Goodlatte...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 5, 2015 Contact:Alex Gudich, 415-240-2016, alex@cut50.orgMolly Haigh, 907-750-1999, molly@fitzgibbonmedia.comMichele Setteducato, 732-614-3818, michele@fitzgibbonmedia.com Amy Schumer, Stephen Curry, Ed Norton,Russell Simmons, Shonda Rhimes, 90+ Celebs Join 130,000 AmericansDemanding Criminal Justice Reform in 2015
Written by Chris Peak for Care2 Republicans and Democrats created the problem, but both parties have a vital role to play in today’s criminal justice reform. It could be said that Van Jones is a Renaissance man. Best known for his book “Rebuild the Dream,” a proposal to revive the American economy,...
Activist Van Jones explains that the fight for change may not be a battle after all.
Republicans and Democrats created the problem, but both parties have a vital role to play in today's criminal justice reform.
It's been an amazing year for #cut50. Our work even received a "shout out" from President Obama during his historic address on criminal justice. 
Why Oprah says that "there is power and meaning in everybody's story."
"If you do not yet believe that bipartisan criminal justice reform is possible inside the dysfunction of Washington, it is time to put away your doubts."
Is there really a chance that Congress -- yes, that Congress -- could pass significant legislation in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election?  
With bipartisan support, a landmark prison reform bill has landed in Congress - The SAFE Justice Act. But what will be the outcome?
Download #cut50's Press KitLearn more about our criminal justice reform efforts and the Bipartisan Summit on Fair Justice.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 21, 2015   Contact: Kristina Avery Kristina@dreamcorps.us (541) 914-9744 ‘CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM’ TAKING OFF: Bipartisan Summit Set For Wednesday; New Website Launched; Online Petitions Hit 80,000   #cut50 Co-hosts Fair Justice Summit, Launches Petition & Website   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following President Obama’s push last week...
The Coalition for Public Safety and #cut50 will cohost the Bipartisan Summit on Fair Justice on Wednesday, July 22, in Washington, DC, to bring together lawmakers and national advocacy leaders to discuss solutions and actions needed to reform the United States criminal justice system. 
But to drastically cut the nation's prison population, reform must address violent offenders, experts say.
“We’ve got a lot of people in prison, frankly, that don’t really in my view need to be there,” House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday.
CJ Ciaramella and Evan McMorris-Santoro: House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he supports a bipartisan bill currently making its way through the House that would, among other things, lower mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders. 
Obama praised the "unlikely bedfellows" campaigning together for criminal justice reform from the left and right, including the Koch Brothers and Van Jones.
An alliance is emerging across party lines that says criminal justice reform can’t happen soon enough. Van Jones (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
(CNN) Everyone knows that ambitious, bipartisan legislation is completely impossible to pass in today's divided and dysfunctional Washington right? Wrong. By year's end, President Barack Obama could sign into law major criminal justice reforms -- passed because of the leadership and full engagement of the congressional GOP. On Thursday, key leaders...
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By Van Jones and Newt Gingrich (CNN) Before Paton Blough got his bipolar disorder under control, it nearly cost him everything. The Greenville, South Carolina, resident was arrested six times in three years, each for an episode related to his illness. Instead of receiving treatment, he was thrown in jail. In the rough...
  Dear Mr. *****, I am writing this letter to share with you what has been on my mind and heart for several years now. For the last few nights, I have stayed awake writing this letter in my head, and each time, I found myself mentally balling up the...
Our out-of-control criminal justice system has forgotten about justice. Last Tuesday, eight Atlanta Public Schools employees were sentenced to prison in one of the largest school cheating scandals in American history. But you wouldn't know they were cheaters based on how they were treated in court. The educators were convicted of racketeering — a felony...
Today, nearly five years from the day I was told I was being paroled after serving 19 years in prison, I found myself searching for my parole papers. As I searched through the footlocker that contained my journals,personal letters and legal documents, I was stopped in my tracks by the...
On July 24, 2004, I stood in an overly air-conditioned courtroom in Gainesville, Georgia, and watched as my then-husband pled out to six years in prison for a non-violent crime. As the bailiff handcuffed him and began to lead him out of the room, I looked down at my two-month-old...
On March 26, 2015, I could feel the adrenaline coursing through my veins as I took the stage to deliver the closing remarks at the Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform. In the midst of this historical moment -- a moment defined by the left and right agreeing to work...
By Kent G. Mendoza Morales  The date is April 9, 2014. It's 12 noon, and I'm coming home. My name is Kent G. Mendoza Morales and I'm 21 years old. At the age of 12, I had my first encounter with the law. Three years later, I received a sentence of...
By Chrisfino Kenyatta Leal  I'm the manager of Campus Services at RocketSpace, a technology campus in San Francisco. Along with my team, I help manage the environment and experience for tech entrepreneurs trying to create the next big thing to hit the market. In 1994, I was sentenced to life in...
Today the movers and shakers in criminal justice reform have met in the nation’s capitol to discuss viable options in the future. The surprising number of bipartisan supports of this movement shows that this truly is a pertinent issue. The strong presence of liberty-minded leaders shows that this is a pertinent conservative...
  President Barack Obama this week heaped praise on HBO's critically acclaimed television series "The Wire," calling it one not just of the greatest TV shows ever, but also one of the greatest "pieces of art" of the last couple of decades, the Associated Press reported. The Commander in Chief sat...
By Kevin Glass | Watchdog Arena Too many people are in prison. That’s the message that came out of the Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform on Thursday, sponsored by a group of diverse organizations: former Obama administration official Van Jones’ #cut50, Koch Industries, the American Civil Liberties Union and...
by Nkechi Taifa, Senior Policy Analyst at Open Society Foundations I have spent over 25 years working on criminal justice reform issues and the recent Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform, co-hosted by an unlikely alliance of Van Jones, Newt Gingrich, Donna Brazile and Pat Nolan, was absolutely colossal. Who would have...
Looking out over the lunch crowd packed into a Marriott hotel ballroom in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, David Simon, the creator of The Wire, must have felt a touch of the surreal. “When I first started arguing against the drug war, you couldn’t have filled a room this large at an...
There was an awkward moment midway through Thursday’s Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform, out in the hall of a vast Washington hotel. Van Jones, the liberal activist and former Obama adviser, stood shoulder to shoulder with Mark Holden, the general council for Koch Industries; Matt Kibbe, CEO of aTea...
BY JASON JOHNSON Think fast - what event would bring together Van Jones, Newt Gingrich, "The Wire" and "Homicide" creator David Simon, "Orange is The New Black" creator Piper Kerman, Eric Holder, Rick Perry, the Koch Brothers AND the ACLU in one room? I couldn't think of one either, until I...
The question had to be asked, and Van Jones was there to ask it: How would the Koch brothers get rich from prison reform? How would bipartisan criminal justice reform – the cause that had brought Jones together with dozens of organizers for an all-day Washington summit – add to the bottom...
WASHINGTON — Among the headliners at a summit on criminal justice reform in D.C. this week were many of the usual suspects, including a noteworthy lineup of liberal activists and community advocates who have long damned the perils of mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex. There was former Obama adviser...
There's bipartisan backing, but that doesn't mean a bill will pass Van Jones likes to call his Republican buddies “brother.” As in Brother Mark (Holden, the general counsel at Koch Industries), or Brother Matt (Kibbe, the CEO of the conservative group FreedomWorks). Jones, a Democratic activist and former Obama adviser,...
"What is it that you saw, you learned, you heard, that made you think about the drug trade and its impact on the inner cities that compelled you to then want to tell these stories?"  A beat reporter in Baltimore and a state senator from Chicago: two men who saw...
A summit on mass incarceration is bringing together odd bedfellows from across the political spectrum on Thursday — for what organizers hope will be a "bipartisan breakthrough of massive proportions" that will make criminal justice reform a priority for policymakers at the federal level. Organizers and speakers include as varied...
Could comprehensive federal criminal justice reform become law within the next year? That was the hope of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, speaking at Thursday’s Bipartisan Summit for Criminal Justice Reform. “It has got to stay – in a disciplined way – truly bipartisan on both sides. And if it does, I think we...
Get tough on crime. That was the mantra throughout the United States, both at the local and federal levels, as crime boomed toward the end of the 1970s. Many laws were passed, putting more police on the street and inflicting higher and higher penalties for various crimes in direct response...
Yusef “Bunchy” Shakur, Shaka Senghor and Chris Wilson are activists, community leaders and businessmen. They are also among the formerly incarcerated. The three are speaking out about their journey from prison to prosperity and why the American justice system needs to move away from mass incarceration and more toward rehabilitation...
The Obama administration is “all in” on criminal justice reform, Labor Secretary Tom Perez said Thursday. "We’re all in on this, we’re all in at the Department of Justice, we’re all in at the White House. We’re all in throughout this administration,” he said at a conference on the issue....
Speakers at Thursday's Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform in Washington, D.C. — co-sponsored by the ACLU and Koch Industries—have played it safe, using their time at the podium to decry the country’s incarceration rate in general terms, express support for pending legislation that would make the justice system less...
No one has documented the long-term psychological damage of incarceration in the United States more than UC Santa Cruz psychology professor Craig Haney. Haney, who holds psychology and law degrees, has spent his entire career watching prison populations grow while probing the psychology of imprisonment and the causes of violent...
For the most part, the Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform featured staid, high-profile speakers like Cory Booker and Eric Holder, giving somber talks about the broken justice system. But at the millennial breakout session hosted in the afternoon, things were a little different—barely five minutes into the event, one of...