On June 14 and 15 Governor Dannel P. Malloy and First Lady Cathy Malloy are bringing together leading criminal justice professionals from across the country in Hartford, Connecticut for a national discussion on the human impact of crime and incarceration, including new approaches to juvenile and young adult offenders, pretrial justice, incarceration, and re-entry.
JDPP has been invited to open the conference with a special performance of excerpts from In My Shoes and Brave in a New World at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 14.
Conference speakers and panels will focus their conversations primarily on the following topics:
- Juvenile and Young Adult Offenders: Updated science about the brain development of individuals up to the age of 25 indicates that there are important developmental differences between juveniles, young adults, and adults. Participants will discuss these new discoveries, and how our justice system should adapt to accommodate for them.
- Pretrial Justice: Experience has shown that spending even a small number of days behind bars pretrial can have a detrimental effect on a person. The conference will examine bail reform efforts around the country that end the jailing of individuals who are simply too poor to afford bail.
- Incarceration: Changes are being made in prisons around the country, and the world, to better recognize the human dignity of their inhabitants. Participants will analyze these alternate systems of incarceration and identify best practices to be replicated.
- Re-entry: Job training programs, education, housing, and employment opportunities are all important pieces of a successful re-entry plan. The conference will call upon the experience of ex-offenders, non-profit organizations, and the businesses community to develop strategies for the successful re-entry of all incarcerated persons.
For more information please visit http://portal.ct.gov/reimaginingjustice