Reimagining Justice Conference in Hartford June 14-15

A conference has just been announced, to be held in Hartford June 14-15, on “the human impact of crime and incarceration, including new approaches to juvenile and young adult offenders, pretrial justice, incarceration, and re-entry.” It will be held at the Hartford Marriott Downtown, 200 Columbus Boulevard, and it is hosted by the Gov. Malloy and his wife. The keynote speaker will be Valerie Jarrett. The cost is only $90, including meals, for the one-and-a-half-day conference. Speakers and topics to be announced.

Board of Alders to Hear Public Testimony on the Police Civilian Review Board This Wednesday Evening

This Wednesday at 6:00 pm, the New Haven Board of Alders will hold a public hearing on an ordinance to revive the police Civilian Review Board, which would review civilian complaints submitted to the police department’s Internal Affairs Division (IA), obtain written IA reports before they go to the police chief for approval, and hear appeals from civilian complainants. Members of the public may testify, so come with any questions you have or stories you have to tell.

For more information about this ordinance, see the recent New Haven Independent article.

Resisting Inequality Teach-in/Vigil in Hartford Next Tuesday

On the anniversary of his assassination, the Fight for $15 movement and the CT Working Families Party are holding a teach-in, vigil, and march to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who risked his life to resist oppression and inequality.

At 6:00 pm, at the Shiloh Baptist Church Hartford, 350 Albany Ave, Hartford, hear from community speakers and participate in breakout sessions to discuss:

>Economic justice
>The right to healthcare
>Racial justice
>Immigrant rights

Food and child care will be provided.

Candlelight Vigil and March at 8:00 pm., calling for a living wage and job protections for healthcare workers, who are struggling to get a fair contract and being threatened with losing their jobs for not rushing through patient visits. The march will culminate in a rally outside Community Health Services (two blocks away) to support our brothers and sisters in the healthcare worker community.

For more information, contact bridget.daley1@gmail.com. Here is the Facebook page announcing the event.

Call Your Legislators re Important CT Criminal Justice Reform Bill

From Showing Up for Racial Justice CT’s Facebook page

URGENT ACTION:

Call your legislators and ask them to support HB 7302: AN ACT CONCERNING ISOLATED CONFINEMENT AND CORRECTIONAL STAFF TRAINING AND WELLNESS. To codify procedures concerning isolated confinement, provide for greater transparency concerning isolated confinement and provide training and wellness initiatives for correctional staff.

This Bill would restrict the use of isolated confinement (aka Solitary Confinement) in children and prisoners with serious mental conditions and physical disabilities. It will also increase the transparency of the practice in CT, and provide training and wellness initiatives for correctional staff.

There is a public hearing on HB 7302 going on now, so call today or this week if possible.

You may also write a testimony in support of this bill. Although testimony will not be part of the public hearing, we have 30 days to submit testimonies of support.
Send your written testimony as a word doc. attachment to: judtestimony@cga.ct.gov