Poverty, Criminal Justice and Race: A Time To Talk
Panel discussion followed by small-group conversations
Poverty, criminal justice and race... How are these issues affecting residents of Connecticut? How can we create a criminal justice system that works fairly for all? What can we do to make change, as individuals and families, in our cities and towns, and as a state? A panel of speakers – including author Peter Edelman talking about his book Not a Crime to Be Poor – will ground us in the issues we are facing.
Featuring Keynote - Peter Edelman, Author, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy, Georgetown University Law Center; Moderator – Andrew Clark, Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy;
Panelists - Anderson Curtis, ACLU Smart Justice; Ana María Rivera-Forastieri Co-Director of the Connecticut Bail Fund; and Judge Erika Tindill, Connecticut Superior Court.
Sentencing Commission: Symposium
On December 7, 2018, the Connecticut Sentencing Commission held a symposium at the University of Connecticut Law School on "Sex Offender Registration and Management: Legal and Evidence-Based Practices." Speakers included Judge Mary Huffman of the Ohio Common Pleas Court, who addressed the issue from a judge's perspective; Professor Eric Janus from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, who discussed effective policies and laws that prevent sexual violence; Eileen Redden, president of the Connecticut Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders, who talked about the collateral consequences of the sexual offender registry; and Dr. Robin Wilson, who addressed the national perspective on this issue. An afternoon panel discussion included Judge Robert J. Devlin, Jr., chair of the Sentencing Commission; state legislators Senator John Kissel and Representative Steve Stafstrom; and Laura Cordes, executive director of the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence.
The 137 participants included members of the judicial system (judges, state's attorneys, public defenders, probation officers, and other staff from the Judicial Branch); social workers and psychologists; private program providers; victim advocates; police officers; graduate and law students; and other stakeholders in the management of the state's sex offender registry. Below are links to the press coverage.
Racial Profiling Prohibition Report
photo credit: john lucas Members of the CT Racial Profiling Prohibition Project advisory board listen to a presentation by IMRP staff about the Traffic Stop Data Analysis and Findings, 2015-16 Supplement report.
The Supplemental Report was released on October 18, 2018. The report includes an in-depth follow-up analysis of the 8 municipal police departments identified in the November 2017 report. A main goal for the follow-up analysis was to better understand whether statistical disparities identified in the department level analysis could be driven by specific department-wide practices or by individual officers. Ultimately the approach included in this report is a mix of previously utilized and newly developed statistical and descriptive analyses, coupled with an on-going dialogue with each department. Below are links to the press coverage:
For more information visit Racial Profiling website.
Recent Project - On the Outside
Life on Parole, produced in Connecticut with the cooperation of the Department of Corrections and in collaboration with the New York Times, follows several former prisoners released on parole, showing in stark detail the punitive rules under which they live. For more than a year, "Frontline" and The New York Times followed newly released prisoners as they tried to find homes and jobs, reconnect with loved ones and avoid temptation, sometimes discovering that the system created to help them can also hold them back. Click here to see "Behind Bars" presented by 60 minutes or see the "Life on Parole" documentary below. Also, video of Michelle Alexander's discussion on her book, The New Jim Crow, can been seen here.
Film Screening Dates
Life on Parole | Frontline | PBS
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FRONTLINE and The New York Times go inside an effort to change the way parole works in Connecticut and reduce the number of people returning to prison. The film follows four former inmates as they try to find work, stay sober and keep out of trouble while navigating their first year on parole.