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


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:


  • 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


CT CORE Organize Now!

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

Event Materials:

Speaker Biographies
Fact Sheet – CT Law Revision Commission

See photos from the event here:

December 12, 2017 at 5:30pm - 8:30pm
The Artists Collective
1200 Albany Ave
Hartford, CT 06112
United States
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