On April 3, 2019, the Legal Action Center’s “No Health = No Justice” Campaign convened over 130 advocates, directly impacted people, health care and reentry service providers, policy-makers, and academics to discuss “Dismantling Systemic Inequity in Criminal Justice and Health” at Columbia University in New York City. Held in partnership with seven Columbia University centers and initiatives– the Center for Justice, Center for Science and Society, Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Office of Faculty Diversity and Inclusion, and the University’s Press Series in Race, Inequality and Health–the convening provided a historical framework for the Campaign and marked the first of a series of stakeholder conversations about how to best advance health, justice, and equity.
“No Health = No Justice” is a multi-state advocacy and organizing campaign to ground decarceration efforts in ensuring that people are no longer prosecuted and criminalized for their health needs but are instead provided with real access to care. The Campaign works to highlight the intersection of historic and ongoing racism in the health care and criminal justice systems and to illustrate the direct link between health inequities and the over-criminalization and disproportionate incarceration of Black and Latinx individuals. Together, these forms of discrimination perpetuate the barriers and prejudice that make life difficult and disempowering for people of color. The detrimental effect on families, communities, and generations is profound, and for far too many, deadly.
To read a full recap of the convening, please click here.