Learn to advocate for criminal justice reform at this weekend’s Breaking Down Walls conference – Generocity Philly
The conference, happening this Saturday, May 6, is for those who want to learn, build community, find resources for people who were previously incarcerated and their family members, and find ways to advocate for ongoing reform. This is no longer a partisan issue – it is one that impacts all of us and of which we are all a part.
Of the 2,000 juveniles serving life sentences around the United States, 500 come from Pennsylvania and 300 come directly from here. That means the city has produced 15 percent of the country’s so-called “juvenile-lifers.” The Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project (YSRP) is working to change that.
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I can’t help but smile while Colwin Williams talks about wanting a speed bump on the West Philly street where he and his family just moved. There are a lot of children in the neighborhood, including his own 2-year-old, Aisha. That was part of the attraction to the place.
The Reentry Project — in partnership with WURD, the Philadelphia Media Network and WHYY — will be holding our first community event soon:
If These Walls Could Talk: Solving Reentry and Recidivism
This unique event assembles voices from both sides of the prison system to candidly discuss the challenges that make reentry such a difficult hurdle. Our ultimate goal? Finding and replicating solutions that work.
• Leon King II – Former Philadelphia Prisons Commissioner
• Reuben Jones – Co-Founder and Executive Director of Frontline Dads
• Valerie Todd-Listman – Mothers In Charge, Group Facilitator in the Philadelphia Prisons
• Emma Restrepo – Freelance journalist and host at ElZol radio
Moderator – Solomon Jones, Morning Host at WURD Radio
DATE AND TIME: Monday, May 8, 2017, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (View Map)
Register for free now: If These Walls Could Talk: Solving Reentry and Recidivism