Join the Pitzer community in welcoming the Prison Policy Initiative’s Bernadette Rabuy and Vonya Quarles of Starting Over Inc. and Riverside All of Us or None. Learn about the obstructive prison visitation industry, the ways it plagues the nation and surrounding areas, and ways you can get involved in critical resistance from experts on the subject.
Bernadette Rabuy is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Prison Policy Initiative. Bernadette’s research has focused on prison and jail visitation and making key criminal justice data accessible to the public. She co-authored the first comprehensive national report on the video calls industry, Screening Out Family Time: The for-profit video visitation industry in prisons and jails, which has played a key role in protecting in-person family visits in Portland, Oregon, California, and Texas from the predatory industry. Her research was also essential to the movement that led the largest video call provider, Securus, to ends its automatic bans on in-person visits. She has previously worked with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, VOTE, and Californians United for a Responsible Budget.
Vonya Quarles is an attorney and the Executive Director of Starting Over Inc., a nonprofit in Southern California that provides transitional housing and reentry services while working with formerly incarcerated people to create systemic and transformational change. Ms. Quarles is a co-founder of Riverside All of Us or NONE. Her fellowships include Women Organizing for Justice, The Women’s Policy Institute, The Eleanor Jean Grier Leadership Academy, and the Kellogg’s Community Leadership Network Racial and Equity Healing Cohort. Her dedication to the cause of ending incarceration and re-appropriating funds from Incarceration into Community Healing and Development is evident in her work and continuing engagement. As a formerly incarcerated and convicted woman, she knows first-hand the devastating impact that incarceration has on individuals, families, and communities.