Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP)


Upcoming Event | Building Bridges: Reframed

Building Bridges event 

Building Bridges Registration

Michelle Alexander's seminal work, The New Jim Crow, lays bare the intersection of race, social control, and mass incarceration in the US. This conference follows Alexander's CCSU discussion the previous evening by challenging the underlying framework of the criminal justice system here in CT and nationwide.

Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Time: 9:00 am—4:30 pm
Location: Student Center, Alumni Hall
Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, CT

Panels: Opioids: Treating an Illness, Ending a War; 21st Century Policing; Re-Entry: A Pathway to Success into a Welcoming Community

Breakout sessions: Youth Voices; Bail Reform; Voting Rights/Advocacy; PBS Frontline "Life on Parole" screening

Confirmed speakers/panelists include: Nazghol Ghandnoosh, The Sentencing Project; Ronald L. Davis, Former Executive Director of the President's 21st Century Taskforce on Policing; Alexandra Frank, Vera's Reimagining Prison Project; Rep. Brandon McGee, CT General Assembly.

(Detailed agenda coming soon)

If you would like to co-sponsor the event, please contact Hannah Hurwitz at 860-832-1878 or

 While at CCSU, also consider attending this important conversation after the Building Bridges conference:

Trauma and Healing of African Peoples: Moving Forward in the Twenty-first Century

Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018

Time: 3:00 pm—8:00 pm

Location: Constitution Room, Memorial Hall CCSU


 Past Events

October 19, 2017                             CT Sentencing Commission: Symposium on Pretrial Justice


June 14, 2017                                  Reimagining Justice: National impact of crime and incarceration


January 5, 2016                               Building Bridges Refocused: Setting for re-entry in a second chance society


January 5, 2014                               Building Bridges Revisited: CT Re-entry policy explored and challenged 


March 18, 2010                               Why Drugs Matter: The impact of drug policy on Connecticut's Economy


February 1, 2010                             Building Bridges V: Children of incarcerated parents


April 1, 2009                                    HartBeat: Drug policy civic theater project


January 5, 2008                              Drug Policy Conference: Evidence based drug policies within out state


January 17, 2008                            Building Bridges III: An examination of Connecticut's Re-Entry Policy


March 8, 2008                                 Building Bridges IV: Women, prison and the arts 


April 24, 2008                                  Angela Davis at CCSU: Race, class and gender issues in American society


September-November 2008            Lunchtime Speaker Series: Current topics in criminal justice


 November 18, 2008                        Preventing urban youth violence through creative solutions


January 29, 2007                             Transit-Oriented Development: Take Advantage of Transit-Oriented Development


February 1, 2007                             Time In: Incarcerated Women's Experiences Through Performance Arts


January 12, 2006                             Building Bridges II: A continuing discussion on Connecticut's justice reinvestment


October 1, 2004                               Shaping Tax Reform: Shaping state and local tax reform in Connecticut