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 a bunch imaginable in Washington, ranging from Democratic Senator Cory Booker to former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, as well as Koch Industries representatives and leading civil rights organizations. Attorney General Eric Holder, Orange is the New Black author Piper Kerman, and David Simon, the creator of The Wire, are also among the guest list.
“This thing has turned into Woodstock for criminal justice,” Van Jones, a civil rights activist and the event’s main organizer, said in a call with reporters ahead of the event. “People are gonna look at photographs of this and swear it was photoshopped.”