The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Incarceration Nations Network invite you to an in-person screening and discussion of the documentary “Correcting Correctional Centers” on October 29.

The short documentary, part of the series “Incarceration Nations” directed by Baz Dreisinger, spotlights juvenile justice solutions that are relevant to both the US and the Netherlands. “Correcting Correctional Centers” showcases, among other things, an innovative open Dutch small-scale custodial facility for youth.

Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion with Dr. Baz Dreisinger (Incarceration Nations Network & John Jay College of Criminal Justice), Jiske Wallace-Lems (Custodial Institutions Agency, Netherlands Ministry of Justice and Security), Antonio Fernandez (Credible Messenger, Grow Up Grow Out), and Clinton Lacey (President and CEO of the Credible Messenger Mentoring Movement, CM3).

Netherlands Ambassador André Haspels and Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine will deliver remarks.

The event will be at 10 a.m. Friday, October 29, at the Netherlands Embassy in Washington D.C. A lunch reception will follow the event.


We adhere to CDC guidelines and Washington, D.C. health regulations. If you accept this invitation, we expect you to be either fully vaccinated or to have received a negative COVID-19 test result in the 72 hours prior to the event. Masks will be required for all individuals inside the Embassy, except while actively eating or drinking. Please stay home if you have any coronavirus-like symptoms. In that case, we hope for a speedy recovery and look forward to inviting you to a future event.

About the speakers

Incarceration Nations Network Founder and Executive Director is Dr. Baz Dreisinger, Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York; author of the critically acclaimed book Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World; founder of John Jay’s groundbreaking Prison-to-College Pipeline program; 2018 Global Fulbright Scholar and current Fulbright Scholar Specialist. Dr. Baz speaks regularly about justice issues on international media and in myriad settings around the world, and she is also the director of Incarceration Nations: A Global Docuseries, which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival 2021.

Jiske Wallace-Lems is the project manager for the development and implementation of local small-scale custodial youth facilities. She works for the Custodial Institutions Agency of the Netherlands Ministry of Justice and Security. She was involved with the reform of the Dutch youth justice system as a policy advisor at the Ministry of justice and security since 2015. Prior to working for the Dutch government, she was a youth probation social worker for 10 years in the UK and the Netherlands.

Clinton Lacey is the president and CEO of the Credible Messenger Mentoring Movement (CM3), which focuses on supporting Credible Messenger Mentors who share similar life experiences with current justice-involved young people, and are poised to have transformative impact on an individual, family, community, and systemic level. Previously, Lacey served as Director of the District of Columbia Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) and Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Probation Department. Other positions held by Lacey over his 30-year career include project manager with the W. Haywood Burns Institute, director of the Youth Justice Program at Vera Institute of Justice, and associate executive director of Friends of Island Academy, which serves 16 to 24-year-olds at Riker’s Island in New York City.

Antonio Fernandez was the Leader of the New York chapter of the Latin Kings. He has worked directly with street organization members in Washington, DC, Newark, New York City, Spain, and Ecuador to redirect their energies toward community building. Antonio uses his life story as both a cautionary tale and a message about self-transformation. Currently, Mr. Fernandez has partnered with Clinton Lacey and Washington D.C.’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation on a brand-new initiative called Credible Messengers. Tone’s organization currently focuses on serving the youth charged as adults, as well as those committed to DC’s juvenile justice department. Where he, and his team of formally incarcerated mentors, work inside the institution 20 hours a day, 7 days a week; with the goal of helping these young people to “Grow Up, and Grow Out” of the mentality and conditions in which they find themselves.

Attorney General Karl A. Racine is the first elected Attorney General of the District of Columbia. With his inauguration in 2014, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) began an new era of independence for the agency and accountability to District residents. As the chief legal officer for the District of Columbia, Attorney General Racine relies on his 25 years of legal and leadership experience to advise the Mayor and District agencies, defend the city in court, and use the law to advance the public interest.

André Haspels has served as Netherlands Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United States since 2019. In 1987, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he served in many capacities. He served as ambassador in Vietnam and South Africa and most recently as director general of political affairs in the Hague.

About the Incarceration Nations Network: The Incarceration Nations Network is a global network and think tank that supports, instigates, and popularizes innovative prison reform around the world. Website: