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ACCOUNTABILITY & REFORM IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

SAT NOV 16, 2019 at 3:45 PM

The Newman Mills Theater at the
THE ROBERT W. WILSON MCC THEATER SPACE
511 W 52 ST

“Are the people here to hear me

Or here to ignore me?

Am I a human being

Or am I here performing?”

– Duran, The Wrong Man

What happens when a scholar, a think tank director, a criminal defense attorney and two artists walk into a theater? They are brought together by MCC’s THE WRONG MAN, a new musical that follows Duran, a man convicted of a crime he did not commit. Through innovative artistic modes of song and choreography, THE WRONG MAN poses important questions about personal responsibility and dehumanization within the prison-industrial complex. This panel will consider possible answers about how to examine policing and prosecution, how to address their shortfalls for specific communities, and how to promote re-entry of returning citizens into society. Moderated by Dr. Kareem Crayton (Executive Director, the Southern Coalition for Social Justice) and featuring Elizabeth Felber (Supervising Attorney, the Legal Aid Society’s Wrongful Convictions Unit), THE WRONG MAN cast members Tilly Evans-Kreuger and Ciara Renée, and in partnership with the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. This event is FREE and open to the public.

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MODERATOR

KAREEM CRAYTON, JD PhD

KAREEM CRAYTON, JD PhD

Kareem Crayton, JD, PhD, currently serves the Executive Director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice in Durham, NC, having stepped away from a teaching responsibilities at Vanderbilt University Law School.  One of few credentialed experts of his type in law and political science, Dr. Crayton has been an expert witness and consultant on election-related projects in more than a dozen states.  A well-respected researcher, Dr. Crayton’s body of scholarly work, which includes more than two dozen publications, explores the relationship between race and politics in representative institutions. The insights and analyses from his writings have distinguished him as a leading voice on election reform as well as a key player in litigation and public policy debates worldwide about the design of election systems.  He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and later earned a PhD in Political Science and law degree from Stanford University.

PANELISTS

ELIZABETH FELBER

ELIZABETH FELBER

Elizabeth Felber has spent her entire legal career as a public defender, working in both the state and federal offices, doing both trial and appellate work. Her trial work has included litigating homicides, including one involving a false confession obtained from a 16 year old on his 16th birthday.  Until recently, she was a supervising trial attorney who trained new public defenders. During Elizabeth’s career she has represented people she found to be wrongfully convicted and has worked to successfully exonerate them. Elizabeth is now heading up the Legal Aid Society’s recently created Wrongful Conviction Unit where she is working solely on cases of people who have been wrongfully convicted.

TILLY EVANS-KRUEGER

TILLY EVANS-KRUEGER

Originally from Madison, WI, Tilly began her training at the Kehl’s School of Dance under the direction of Jenny Hiltbrand. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.F.A. in dance from Wright State University. This past winter she had the pleasure of performing in Fox’s “RENT LIVE” and most recently wrapped up filming for In The Heights. Professional Dance companies include; Sonya Tayeh Inc., Chuthis., Camille A. Brown and Dancers, BODYTRAFFIC, Spectrum Dance Theater, and Dayton
Contemporary Dance Company. Theater credits include; Working: A MusicalThe
Lucky Ones, and Company XIV’s Nutcracker Rouge directed and created by Austin
McCormick. She is thrilled to be making her MCC theater debut.

CIARA RENÉE

CIARA RENÉE

Ciara can be seen on screen in Facebook Watch’s series STRANGERS, Netflix’s MASTER OF NONE, CBS’s BIG BANG THEORY, and on the CW’s LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, ARROW, and FLASH.  Ciara originated the role of ‘The Witch’ in BIG FISH and appeared as “The Leading Player” in PIPPIN on Broadway. She also originated the role of “Esmeralda” in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at the Papermill Playhouse. She was also seen as “Peggy/Maria” in the final lab of HAMILTON. Ciara splits her time between New York and Los Angeles but was one of the original members of the NYC leg of Time’s Up. She regularly uses her platform to speak on women’s issues and recently performed a spoken word at City Hall in defense of funding for the arts. Ciara is also a teacher of voice and acting for young people around the country as well as a director/producer. She co-directed (with Michael Dallatorre) a Short Documentary for The Children’s Defense Fund of California; Ian Leui: Beating The Odds. Also the writer, EP, and co-director of the short film Reddy Records.

JONATHAN TERRY

JONATHAN TERRY

Johnathan Terry serves as Special Assistant to the Executive Director & Policy Advisor at the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution. His responsibilities include policy research and writing, program management, and developing training programs for prosecutors. Prior to working at the IIP, Johnathan worked as the Program Coordinator at the Manhattan DA Academy, where he helped build the Inside Criminal Justice seminar, for which he still serves as a teaching assistant and program manager. He is originally from Chicago and has a degree in History from Yale University.

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