A Time to Talk: a Dialogue about Poverty, Criminal Justice and Race

November 13, 2018
With Keynoter, Peter Edelman, author of Not a Crime to be Poor

HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT.  As people throughout the state and country lose faith that there is any resemblance of equity in our jail, prison, sentencing and overall justice systems, an action-driven collaborative in Connecticut is organizing a day of dialogue and deliberation, led by the national non-profit, Everyday Democracy.  The collaborative includes: ACLU Smart Justice Connecticut; Capital Community College, Community Capacity Builders, Community Solutions, City of Hartford, the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy, Katal Center for Health, Equity and Justice and Phoenix Association.

It is no secret that there is inequity in our social justice systems in our nation and state. Though some may be surprised to know that there are more African American men incarcerated in the U.S. than the total prison populations in India, Argentina, Canada, Lebanon, Japan, Germany, Finland, Israel and England combined.

In Connecticut alone, our collaboration partner the ACLU Smart Justice of Connecticut reports:
• 334% increase in Connecticut's incarcerated population since 1968, far outpacing population growth and crime.
• Only five states are worse than Connecticut when it comes to disproportionately imprisoning Black adults.
• Only seven states are worse than Connecticut when it comes to disproportionately imprisoning Latino adults.
• Connecticut budgets more money for its prison and jail system than for its public health department, DMV, anti-discrimination agency, and more.

The collaborative is planning this day of dialogue to include a broad cross section of Connecticut residents that include not only those who may have been justice involved or justice impacted, but also elected officials, community agencies, businesses and support networks throughout the state, to address and develop action steps toward correcting the inequities in the system

Saturday, November 17, 2018
Chrysalis Center
255 Homestead Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut
12 noon – 4:00pm

Registration and Lunch Available from 11-12.
Registration is required.

Speakers and Panelists Expected to Participate at the Day of Dialogue include:

• Peter Edelman, Georgetown University Law Center (Keynote)
Shelby Brown, Managing Director, Everyday Democracy (Host)
• Andrew Clark, CCSU-IMRP
• Anderson Curtis, ACLU Smart Justice
• Gus Marks-Hamilton, ACLU Smart Justice
• Anna Maria Rivera, CT Bail Fund
• Judge Erika Tindall, CT Superior Court
• Richard Frieder, Community Capacity Builders

Registration for attendees is required.

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