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Confronting the Moral Crisis of Mass Incarceration

Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, February 15, 2018

Members & guests-$10 per session, or $30 for entire series. Box dinner included. To register, please click here or call 312.944.1083.

The United States has far more people in prison and in jail than public safety requires. This damages the lives of those who are incarcerated, their families, and their communities. It also contributes to a cycle of crime and punishment and diverts resources from more constructive uses. We have much work to do to achieve a fair and effective criminal justice system. St. Chrysostom’s is hosting this series of programs in order to promote greater understanding of the criminal justice system and to begin to provide tools for individuals and organizations to get involved in promoting radical change. Leading experts will speak to the full range of complex issues that we need to address in order to rethink and change the laws and practices that have resulted in too many men and women—most of them people of color—being imprisoned or jailed.


Program Details:

Jan. 25 | The Origins and Impact of Mass Incarceration


Sharone Mitchell, Program Director, Illinois Justice Project
David Olson, Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Loyola University, Chicago
Rev. Al Sharp, Executive Director, Clergy for a New Drug Policy


Feb. 1 | Imprisonment, Release & Reentry: How They Work, What Must Change


John Baldwin, Acting Director, Illinois Department of Corrections
Victor Dickson, Chief Executive Officer, Safer Foundation
Erwin Mayer, Executive Director, St. Leonard’s Ministries
Jennifer Vollen-Katz, Executive Director, John Howard Association of Illinois


Feb. 8 | Diversion—Alternatives to Incarceration


Tom Dart, Cook County Sheriff (invited)
Mark Ishaug, Chief Executive Officer, Thresholds
Pam Rodriguez, Chief Executive Officer, Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC)


Feb. 15 | What’s Changing, What More Needs to Be Done, What We Can
Do To Help


Amy Campanelli, Cook County Public Defender
Kim Foxx, Cook County State’s Attorney
John Maki, Executive Director, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
Ben Ruddell, Criminal Justice Reform Project Director, ACLU of Illinois


Thursday, January 25, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church
1424 North Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60610 United States
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