Her words changed the world.

How to Advocate for Criminal Justice Reform

A Salons at Stowe Workshop
May 18, 2017     6-7:30 PM
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Free thanks to donors, members and sponsors

According to President Barack Obama, "How we treat citizens who make mistakes (even serious mistakes), pay their debt to society, and deserve a second chance reflects who we are as a people and reveals a lot about our character and commitment to our founding principles. And how we police our communities and the kinds of problems we ask our criminal justice system to solve can have a profound impact on the extent of trust in law enforcement and significant implications for public safety."

The United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population but almost 25 percent of the total prison population. A significant percentage of the more than 2 million Americans incarcerated today are nonviolent offenders. African American men are far more likely to be stopped and searched by police, charged with crimes, and sentenced to longer prison terms than white men found guilty of the same offenses.

How do we advocate for criminal justice reform, strengthen the bonds of trust between our communities and our police, end the era of mass incarceration, and ensure a successful transition of individuals from prison to home?

Join the conversation at a workshop with Melvin Medina, Advocacy and Outreach Director, ACLU of Connecticut and Lara Herscovitch, Deputy Director, CT Juvenile Justice Alliance.


The Salon is presented as part of a series of events commemorating the Stowe Prize for Writing to Advance Social Justice. The 2017 Stowe Prize will be awarded June 8, 2017 to Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption at the Stowe Center's Big Tent Jubilee.