A Time to Talk Dignity

October 29, 2019

Everyday Democracy is a proud member of the CT Collaborative on Poverty, Criminal Justice and Race ("the Collaborative"), which held its second annual Time to Talk community dialogue event on November 6, 2019 from 1pm to 6pm, at Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut.

We focused this year on DIGNITY in the criminal justice system:  dignity in the courts, in re-entry, and for the family. We were honored to be joined by staff from Bryan Stevenson's Equal Justice Initiative, a groundbreaking organization based in Alabama that is working to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the U.S., to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.

Can you imagine a justice system where everyone is treated with dignity as their case is heard? A system that hears and respects the concerns of their families, and those re-entering society?

Bryan Stevenson himself was awarded the 2019 Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights the following day at UConn.

Members of the Collaborative decided to capitalize on this special event to bring the community together to learn and talk about this issue, and to explore what action steps we can take to infuse dignity into the criminal justice system here in Connecticut, and return dignity to the individuals and families affected.

Here are some photos from this year's event!



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