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Monday, December 04, 2017 at 06:00 PM through December 06, 2017
Albany Medical College in Albany, NY

Toward Justice: Reducing Harm, Improving Health and Safety

On Dec 4 -5, over 300 people from around New York and the region attended Toward Justice: Reducing Harm, Improving Health and Safety. Participants learned about innovative municipal approaches -- like Albany’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program -- to improve community health and safety, address racial disparities, and save lives.

Symposium Materials:

Invite
Program Agenda
Speaker Biographies
Fact Sheet – What is Harm Reduction?
Fact Sheet – Drug User Health Hubs

Photos from the event can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/katalcenter/photos/?tab=album&album_id=578064189200180

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 05:30 PM
The Artists Collective in Hartford, CT

Toward Justice: The History and Future of Criminal Justice Reform in Connecticut

On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, nearly 200 people turned out in Hartford for Toward Justice: The History and Future of Criminal Justice Reform in Connecticut.

Over the last 20 years, Connecticut has become national leader in criminal justice reform. These reforms -- the result of vigorous community led campaigns advancing smart policy making -- have resulted in prison closings, double-digit percentage decrease in prison populations, increased pardon approval and fewer probation violations resulting in re-incarceration. But mass incarceration and the war on drugs still endure. To truly achieve just, equitable outcomes for health and safety in every community in Connecticut, much more needs to be done. What are the next steps for reform in Connecticut? That was the subject of discussion at the event.

Co-MC: Andrea Comer, Vice President, Workforce Strategies, CBIA Education & Workforce Partnership
Co-MC: John Motley, Principal, Motley Consulting

Speakers:

State Senator (Ret.)Eric Coleman
Lorenzo Jones, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, Katal
Michael Lawlor, Undersecretary for Criminal Justice, State of CT
Kia A. Baird, Chairperson, Southern Connecticut Re-entry Council
Andrew Clark, Director, Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy at Central Connecticut State University
Kennard Ray, Principal, Blue Ribbon Strategies
Beresford Wilson, Interim Executive Director, FAVOR, INC.
Danielle Warren-Dias, Program Coordinator, University of CT Health Center/CT Children’s Medical Center Pediatric and Youth HIV Program
gabriel sayegh, Co-Executive Director, Katal

Thank you to our sponsors and partners:

Sponsors

  • Voices of Women of Color
  • Northend Agent's
  • CT Students for a Dream
  • CT Center for Nonviolence
  • Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Hartford Communities That Care
  • Hearing Youth Voices

Partners

CT CORE Organize Now!

  • Family Reentry
  • Institute for Municipal Research and Policy
  • Malta Justice Initiative
  • Southeastern Reentry Roundtable

Event Materials:

Program
Speaker Biographies
Fact Sheet – CT Law Revision Commission

See photos from the event here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/katalcenter/photos/?tab=album&album_id=582587305414535

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 09:00 AM

Faith-based Call-In Day for Bail Reform

Join faith leaders taking ACTION across the state for a faith-based call-in day on Wednesday, March 21 to ask our elected officials to show the leadership necessary to end the suffering of tens of thousands of New Yorkers this year. We are asking you to take five minutes to call the Governor and your representatives in the Assembly and the Senate to tell them: New York needs real bail reform now. No one should be in jail because they can't afford bail. A sample call script is below.

    • Call Governor Cuomo: 518-474-8390
    • Call your State Senator: NYS Senate switchboard at (518) 455-2800. If you don't know who your state senator is, they'll tell you: when prompted and once you say your zip code/address out loud, the line should automatically connect you. 
    • Call your State Assemblyperson: Assembly switchboard at 518-455-4100.  If you don't know who your state assemblyperson is, they'll tell you: when prompted and once you say your zip code/address out loud, the line should automatically connect you. 

If you have another three minutes, consider making two additional calls: 

Tell them: No one should be in jail because they can't afford bail. A call script is below.  

As the state's session for debating the budget draws to a close, it is important we come together and make our voices heard in Albany for meaningful bail reform!

Thank you for joining the fight for pretrial justice! For more information about the call-in day or about ways to plug into our bail reform efforts, feel free to reach out to Sean Hill at shill@katalcenter.org/347-921-0826.

 

Katal Bail Reform NY Call To Action

Introduce yourself and explain the issue. You can read directly from the script below, or use your own words. Remember to remain calm and clear, to ensure the message is consistent.

  1. Hello, my name is ____________________
  2. I am a constituent of (name of Senator or Assemblymember)
  3. I’m calling to express my support for bail reform. I encourage (name of Senator or Assemblymember) to support and pass meaningful reform in the state budget now. 
  4. The Governor, Assembly, and Senate members have all expressed a commitment to reforming our bail practices
  5.  No one should be sitting in jail because they can't afford bail. Please reform bail now. 
Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 09:00 AM through March 29, 2018

Bail Reform NY Call to Action

Join Bail Reform NY in taking ACTION to ask our elected officials to show the leadership necessary to end the suffering of tens of thousands of New Yorkers this year. We are asking you to take five minutes to call the Governor and your representatives in the Assembly and the Senate to tell them: New York needs real bail reform now. No one should be in jail because they can't afford bail. A sample call script is below.

    • Call Governor Cuomo: 518-474-8390
    • Call your State Senator: NYS Senate switchboard at (518) 455-2800. If you don't know who your state senator is, they'll tell you: when prompted and once you say your zip code/address out loud, the line should automatically connect you. 
    • Call your State Assemblyperson: Assembly switchboard at 518-455-4100.  If you don't know who your state assemblyperson is, they'll tell you: when prompted and once you say your zip code/address out loud, the line should automatically connect you. 

If you have another three minutes, consider making two additional calls: 

Tell them: No one should be in jail because they can't afford bail. A call script is below.  

As the state's session for debating the budget draws to a close, it is important we come together and make our voices heard in Albany for meaningful bail reform!

Thank you for joining the fight for pretrial justice! For more information about the call-in day or about ways to plug into our bail reform efforts, feel free to reach out to Sean Hill at shill@katalcenter.org/347-921-0826.

 

Katal Bail Reform NY Call To Action

Introduce yourself and explain the issue. You can read directly from the script below, or use your own words. Remember to remain calm and clear, to ensure the message is consistent.

  1. Hello, my name is ____________________
  2. I am a constituent of (name of Senator or Assemblymember)
  3. I’m calling to express my support for bail reform. I encourage (name of Senator or Assemblymember) to support and pass meaningful reform in the state budget now. 
  4. The Governor, Assembly, and Senate members have all expressed a commitment to reforming our bail practices
  5.  No one should be sitting in jail because they can't afford bail. Please reform bail now. 

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