2015 Conference on Ending Mass Incarceration and the School-to-Prison Pipeline.
Theme:”Mass Educate Don’t Mass Incarcerate!”
September 10-12, Congregation Lion of Judah Church, 68 Northampton Street, Boston
- 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s incarcerated population.
- Over 7.2 million in jails, prisons, on probation, on parole or under some form of correctional supervision.
- Over 2.2 million incarcerated.
- Over 20 million with criminal records hindered from employment, housing, voting rights, student loans for education, and other basic rights as citizens of the United States.
SJC Chief Justice Ralph Gants Urges Elimination of Mandatory Minimums Sentences for Drug Crimes:
Attorney Gen. Eric Holder: Seeks to Cut Mandatory Drug Sentences: “Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good law enforcement reason,” Holder told the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates in San Francisco.
Conference speakers reflect a wide variety of backgrounds related to criminal justice reform and conference’ goals. Speakers include: Dr. Ethan Nadelmann: CEO-Drug Policy Alliance, Mr. Glenn E. Martin: Founder/President: JustLeadershipUSA, Mr. Ronald Hampton: National Black Police Association, Dr. Umar Johnson: School and Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Elizabeth Stefanakis: Ed. D. Faculty: Boston Univ., Rev. Dr. Robert Miranda: Pastor: Congregation Lion of Judah, Rep. Byron Rushing, Sen. Will Brownsberger, Barbara Dougan, Esq.: Family Against Mandatory Minimum, Carl Williams Esq.:ACLU, Whitney Taylor:ACLU, Michael Curry, Esq. President: NAACP/Boston, Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, Mr. Carlyle Holder: President: Correctional Mangagement and Communications Group, Etc.Poignant general sessions include: Sentencing reform, Law enforcement, Advocacy and Justice, Reforming zero tolerance policies and ending the School-to-Prison pipeline, The role of faith-based organizations in criminal justice reform, and Reentry and Resources for Returning Citizens. Don’t miss these important resource oriented general and breakout sessions.
- Advocacy: push for strategic reforms in the areas of sentencing, zero tolerance policies in schools, law enforcement, policy brutality and realistic reentry policies.
- Educational campaigns: awareness, resource availability and information empowerment toward strategic and sustainable engagement
- Direct intervention in the lives of families, offenders, and those offended. We gather to advocate for the end to mandatory minimums, closing the gap between poorly resourced schools, the criminalization of school disciplines and mass incarceration, as pivotal conduits in the increasing incarceration of especially minority youths in the United States criminal justice system.
68 Northampton St
Boston, MA 02118
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