To Protect and Serve: Investing in Public Safety Beyond Policing

Wednesday, November 10 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM [EST]

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Wednesday, November 10 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM [EST]

This Community Conversation is being presented free for social workers, their clients, and the general public.  It is not CEU eligible.

Models of public safety that center police are premised on punishment and have far-reaching consequences, especially for young Black men. Beyond police brutality, which is the most life-threatening and visible failure of the current criminal justice system, frequent police interactions are linked to adverse mental health outcomes, including anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder. These outcomes are exacerbated in communities of color. Due in part to a history of racial profiling, Black men in particular experience high levels of depression and anxiety over the very possibility of encounters with police. Taken together, these harms have prompted a widespread examination of the actions of law enforcement and a close evaluation of the role that budgets, which are a measure of municipalities’ values and priorities, play in funding ineffective and deadly practices that disproportionately target Black residents.

 

NASW-NJ is joined by Marleina Ubel, Policy Analyst and State Policy Fellow at NJ Policy Perspective, who will present the findings of her new report “To Protect and Serve: Investing in Public Safety Beyond Policing.” This report examines how New Jersey can create a safer, healthier, and more equitable state for all by reimagining public safety and exploring crisis response models that are not led by police.

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For more information, contact Jeff Feldman at jfeldman.naswnj@socialworkers.org

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Marleina Ubel, MSW
Policy Analyst and State Policy Fellow, NJ Policy Perspective
NJ Policy Perspective

Marleina Ubel, Policy Analyst and State Policy Fellow, researches the criminal legal system with a focus on alternatives to policing that center restorative justice. Previously, Marleina was NJPP’s 2020-2021 Kathleen Crotty Fellow where she analyzed the state budget process and researched public spending on state and local law enforcement. Marleina began her undergraduate work at Valencia College and earned a transfer scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned a B.A. in Philosophy. As a PIKSI fellow, she spent a summer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology challenging demographic disparities in institutions of higher learning. In 2021, she earned her M.S.W. in Management and Policy at Rutgers University and served as an Eagleton Fellow in the New Jersey Assembly Majority Office. Marleina lives in Lambertville with her husband and daughter.

About Marleina Ubel, MSW

Policy Analyst and State Policy Fellow, NJ Policy Perspective
NJ Policy Perspective