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Surviving Prison & ICE Detention,

Freeing Criminalized Survivors

A Discussion with Ny Nourn and Colby Lenz

Friday, October 19, 2018

12:00–2:00 p.m.

A light lunch will be served

UCI Law, Room EDU 1111

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This event is free and open to the public.

UCI guest parking is $2/hour

This event is approved for 2 hours of Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California. UCI School of Law is a State Bar-approved MCLE provider.

Life Without Parole Sentencing (LWOP) has been called a “living death penalty,” and 90% of people serving LWOP in California’s women’s prisons are survivors of abuse. Ny Nourn and Colby Lenz will discuss how particular sentencing laws contribute to the pipeline between surviving gender violence and being sentenced to life and life without parole, as well as how recent LWOP commutations by Governor Jerry Brown have emboldened political action against some of these laws. Presenters will also explore critical grassroots efforts across the walls of prisons and ICE detention to commute DV survivors serving life and death sentences, release those convicted under the Felony Murder Rule, drop LWOP sentencing from California’s penal code, gain pardons for undocumented immigrant survivors, and end the criminalization of survival.


CompStat as a Resource

A group with a goal of helping safer communities flourish by providing information and education about crime-fighting technologies has suggested a regard for an academic resource out of the University of Cincinnati. This resource explains the value of CompStat as a major component of police departments and the future of predictive policing to decrease crime rates.  The guide can be found at:


The California Jail Programs Association (CJPA) is the only organization that addresses the multiple challenges of inmate programming and custodial services in California. The membership is made up of both sworn and non-sworn professionals in corrections, program management, educational, vocational, psych-social services, recreation, pastoral care and behavioral health, from both large and small county jails. CJPA members understand the unique aspects of jail programming and services. The goal of CJPA is to rapidly share information, review best practices and evidence based modalities in program delivery.

The CJPA puts on quarterly conferences. For more information go to their website:


AVP CA is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit registered organization. It is funded by donations as well as sliding-scale contributions from participants in community workshops. Prisoners with AVP experience also contribute a significant amount. There are AVP councils around the state, which you can find listed here.  The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) facilitates participants’ capacity to positively transform relationships by practicing affirmation, communication, conflict resolution and community building.  All AVP facilitators and participants volunteer their time.


AVP was founded in 1975 at Greenhaven Prison in New York State after the Attica prison riots when inmates, local Quakers and other community members collaborated on a curriculum to teach non-violence that was influenced by the Civil Rights movement’s goal to build Beloved Community. From that origin AVP has now spread to 33 states and 45 countries.

Although workshops had been taking place in California since the mid-1980’s, AVP California was formed in 2004 to respond to the call by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to significantly increase the number of workshops in California prisons.  That required increased coordination, outreach, and recruitment of new facilitators across the state. AVP is currently in 22 of the 36 prisons throughout the state of California.  In 2015, AVP California facilitated 393 workshops in 20 state prisons, 3 jails, 2 probation facilities, and 58 community settings. The number of facilitators inside prison increased by 18 percent, from 543 to 636, while the number of community facilitators increased by just over 23 percent, from 163 to 198.