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Bianca Tylek

2016, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Bianca Tylek

Bianca Tylek

Name of Host Organization: Urban Justice Center
City, State: New York, New York
Issue area: Prisoners' Rights
Sponsors: Ropes & Gray LLP

The Project

Improve the effectiveness of state and local corrections by realigning the financial incentives driving policies with the goal of alleviating mass incarceration and the embedded racial disparities.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Mass incarceration is one of our nation’s greatest moral failures. The U.S. spends more than $80 billion annually to incarcerate 2.3 million people in facilities with deplorable conditions and subpar mental health, substance abuse, and education programs. But the true social costs, such as the harm to families, communities, and the economy, are far higher. And these costs are not distributed evenly—most of those in our prisons are poor African American and Hispanic men.
The Right Person For This Project

Bianca is the right person for the project because:
• She has professional experience working for various state and local correctional agencies, including, the Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and New York City departments of corrections
• She has a broad network in the correctional field that includes the correctional directors of more than a dozen states, directors of criminal justice think tanks, community-based reentry professionals, and formerly incarcerated persons