Recent events have highlighted problems with the criminal justice system and our larger social fabric, both locally and across the country. This 6-week, online course will provide new insights and perspective about the situation. Participants will meet current and formerly incarcerated people, activists, and others who know the criminal justice system well. Expert speakers will discuss the human and financial costs of our system, the history of our laws, and new approaches. We will also examine our civil rights history, which is tied closely to the criminal justice system, and hear from people and organizations involved with civil rights landmarks. Class sessions will include presentations from Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative; Sister Helen Prejean, the subject and author of Dead Man Walking; and other engaging leading experts. Lecture + Q&A; Facilitated discussion. All sessions are at 10-11:30 a.m. on Fridays. Lecture + Q&A; Facilitated discussion.
Mark Hall recently completed a 10-year prison journey that has given him a unique perspective into the world of criminal justice and social justice. At 50, after a life of privilege and career status, he found himself behind prison walls. During his time of incarceration, he made many discoveries worth sharing.
Friday, Jan. 22, 10 a.m. Interview Session: Mark Hall, course facilitator, shares his story in “My 10-year Journey and the Discoveries I Made from Behind Prison Walls”
Session #1. Friday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. Open/speaker TBA
Session #2. Friday, Feb. 19, Sister Helen Prejean, a leading American activist and advocate for the abolition of the death penalty. She is the author of Dead Man Walking and River of Fire and wrote this recent op-ed article in The Washington Post.
Session #3. Friday, Feb. 26, Melissa Radcliff, director of Our Children’s Place of Coastal Horizons Center, an advocacy and education program committed to the children of incarcerated parents and returning citizens.
Session #4. Friday, March 5, Brandon Garrett, professor of law at Duke University and faculty director of the Wilson Center for Science and Justice.
Session #5. Friday, March 12, Molly Gill, JD. Vice President of Policy for Families Against Mandatory Minimums, a nonpartisan, nonprofit sentencing reform organization
Session #6. Friday, March 19, Equal Justice Initiative, the organization founded by Bryan Stevenson, featured in the book and movie Just Mercy.