a Lehigh Valley working group to
End Mass Incarceration

(a committee affiliated with POWER Lehigh Valley)

Our meetings in 2019 will usually be on 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month, 6:00-8:00pm at Resurrected Life Children's Academy, 916 W. Turner St., Allentown ( beginning January 3, 2019 - but check this website for updates or weather cancellations) For now our work is focused on:
  1. Reentry support for people returning from jail or prison
  2. State & Local legislation related to criminal justice, such as ending cash bail
  3. Education about the structure of the local criminal justice system and support services that are available to prisoners, returning citizens, and their families.
(Check back here for meeting updates, or register to get on our email list).

Sponsored by POWER Lehigh Valley, and partner organizations.

Lehigh Valley - It's Time to End Mass Incarceration

    There are currently many organizations in the Lehigh Valley and across Pennsylvania that are working independently on various aspects of criminal justice and mass incarceration. Let's begin planning and working together!

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  • January 17, 2019 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) Resurrected Life Community Church (RLCC)
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration. The meeting will be held in the church library; RLCC is at the corner of 9th and Turner Streets, Allentown, PA. Enter the church by the red door facing Turner St.
  • January 21, 2019 (Monday, 8:30am to 12:30pm) City School, 910 North 6th St., Philadelphia,
    M.L.King Day: Restoring Hope and Dignity. We will hear from a panel of community leaders and formerly incarcerated individuals as they share their stories discussing the impact of incarceration on family relationships. Together, we'll explore the role of the church in reaching out to returning citizens and walking alongside them in their transition into the community.
    See details and RSVP here.   We will also assemble donated basic hygiene items into care kits for those currently in prison as a way to meet their needs and restore hope and dignity in a place that often seems hopeless. Sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), in collaboration with Kingdom Builders Network (KBN).

  • January 29, 2019 (Tuesday, 6:00pm)
    POWER Lehigh Valley general meeting 6:00pm; Beyond Bars performance, 7:00pm
    Beyond Bars Performance: The Human Impact of Mass Incarceration and the Need for Reform Location: Grace Episcopal Church, 108 North Fifth St., Allentown (5th and Linden Streets). For details and registration (free), see powerlehighvalley.org
  • February 7, 2019 (Thursday, 2:00pm) Lehigh County Reentry Coalition
    Meets at Lehigh County Jail. (attendance by invitation only).
  • February 7, 2019 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm)Resurrected Life Community Church (RLCC)
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration. The meeting will be held in the church library; RLCC is at the corner of 9th and Turner Streets, Allentown, PA. Enter the church by the red door facing Turner St.
  • February 13, 2019 (Wednesday, 1:30-3:00pm) Northampton County Reentry Coalition
    Location: (TBA)
  • February 21, 2019 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) Resurrected Life Community Church (RLCC)
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration. The meeting will be held in the church library; RLCC is at the corner of 9th and Turner Streets, Allentown, PA. Enter the church by the red door facing Turner St.
  • Week of March 11, 2019 - Kickoff Luncheon: Series on the Criminal Justice System
    Details TBA. Organized by Easton NAACP - Political Action Committee.
    Venue: Hotel Bethlehem, 437 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA. (See www.naacp-eastonpa.org)

  • April 3, 2019 (Wednesday, 7:00-9:00pm) NCC Bethlehem Campus
    "Bail Reform" Panel Discussion (see www.naacp-eastonpa.org for details)
    Location: Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem, PA 18020 in the College Center, David Reed Community Room (Rm.220).
    Sponsored by Easton NAACP - Political Action Committee in partnership with the ACLU, End Mass Incarceration Lehigh Valley and Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley. This is the first in a series of three forums on "Criminal Justice Reform in the Prison System."
  • April 9-10, 2019 (Tues.- Wed.) Pennsylvania CJAB Conference
    "Criminal Justice Challenges; Innovative Solutions"
    Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College, Pennsylvania
    For details, see www.pccd.pa.gov/training.



  • January 3, 2019 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) 916 W. Turner St., Allentown, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration.
  • December 20, 2018 (Thursday, 11:00am-1:00pm) Fireside Chat on Reentry
    "Restoring Community: Re-entry during and after Prison for our Incarcerated and Returning Citizens: Re-entry begins immediately after arrest."
    Invited guests are Charla Plaines, Re-entry Coordinator, Office of the Attorney General and Marsha Banks, Founder and Executive Director of a Miracle for Sure, Inc., with by Dr. Hasshan Batts as facilitator.
    Venue: Rodale Room at Symphony Hall, located at 23 N. 6th Street in Allentown.
    Lunch will be served, the program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. For more details and registration, see www.eventbrite.com/e/pnlv-fireside-chat-tickets-52329449793.

  • December 8, 2018 (Saturday, 5:30pm) Christ Church UCC, 75 E. Market St., Bethlehem.
    J. Jondhi Harrell, Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC) in Philadelphia, will speak at the evening program and simple meal that concludes the annual Christmas Peace Pilgrimage. Free, but donations are welcome. (See www.peacewalk.org)

  • December 6, 2018 (Thursday, 2:00pm) Lehigh County Reentry Coalition
    Meets at Lehigh County Jail. (attendance by invitation only).
  • Trauma 101: Understanding Trauma, Resilience and Trauma-Informed Care
    Location: Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County, 601 South Queen St, Lancaster, PA.
    This 4-hour training is designed to provide a foundational overview and awareness of trauma and its connections to addiction, mental health challenges, risk-taking behaviors and criminal justice system involvement, as well as resilience, and trauma-informed care for anyone in the community who interacts with individuals and families who may have experienced trauma.
    December 2018 dates (choose one):
    Mon Dec 3, 8am-Noon; Mon Dec 3, 1pm-5pm; Tue Dec 4, 8am-Noon; Tue Dec 4, 1pm-5pm
    COST: $30 per person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION is required to secure a seat: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3820376.
  • November 16, 2018 (Friday, 5:20pm) ACLU-LV presents the movie "13th" (2016: 100 min.)
    "13th" deals with racism and U.S. criminal justice system. The title refers to the 13th Amendment to U.S. Constitution which freed slaves and prohibited slavery - except as punishment for a crime.
    Location: Muslim Association of Lehigh Valley, 1988 Schadt Ave, Whitehall, PA 18052.
  • November 14, 2018 (Wednesday, 1:30-3:00pm) Northampton County Reentry Coalition
    Location: Northamapton Human Services Building, Conference Room 3, 2801 Emrick Blvd., Bethlehem, PA 18020
  • November 8, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration. We will meet in the library at Resurected Life Community Church, 9th and Turner Streets, Allentown, PA. Enter the church by the red door that faces Turner Street. (If door is locked, ring the door bell).
  • October 25, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) 916 W. Turner St., Allentown, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration.
  • October 24, 2018 (Wednesday, 6-8pm) Imagining Philly without Cash Bail
    POWER Interfaith and Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Quakers) will host a panel discussion with representatives from the Defenders Association and the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund, as well as a local resident who has experienced arrest, jailing, and the bail process.
    Location: Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102
    See powerinterfaith.org/calendar for more details.
  • October 23, 2018 (Tuesday, 6:15 potluck; 7:00pm program) 916 W. Turner St., Allentown
    Forum on Smart Justice, with Nick Pressley, director of the Smart Justice program for ACLU-PA. ACLU will release results of the candidate scorecards on District Attorneys and explain statewide efforts and strategies to pass legislation to end cash bail. Sponsored by ACLU Lehigh Valley, POWER Lehigh Valley, LWV Northampton County, Easton NAACP.
  • October 18 or 19, 2018 (choice of four sessions: 8am-12n Thurs. or Fri.; or 1-5pm Thurs. or Fri.)
    Trauma 101: Understanding Trauma, Resilience and Trauma-Informed Care. Organized by Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County, Lancaster, PA. For details and registration, see www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3598669. Registration cost: $32.
  • October 5, 2018 (Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm) Philadelphia
    Beyond the Walls: Reentry Summit and Prison Healthcare is a conference that welcomes all people interested in learning more about the impact of mass incarceration and health disparities on our communities, with keynote presentations and workshops. Registration is free; breakfast and lunch provided.
    Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center (12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia).
    For more details and registration, see www.fight.org/prisonsummit/.
  • October 4, 2018 (Thursday, 2:00pm) Lehigh County Reentry Coalition (by invitation).
  • September 28, 2018 (Friday, 7:00-9:00pm) Lancaster,PA
    "Milwaukee 53206" - award-winning film, followed by a panel discussion, hosted by Melanie Snyder with Harold Dean Trulear. The film not only examines Milwaukee's ZIP code 53206, but also illuminates the story of people from across the United States who live with the daily effects of mass incarceration - including individuals and families in Lancaster County.
    Location: Lancaster Theological Seminary: Hafer Center, 555 West James St, Lancaster, PA
    Cost: Free - donations will be accepted at the door (cash or check) to support the RMO for Returning Citizens, Lancaster County's prisoner reentry coalition.
    Advance registration is required to guarantee a seat. More details and registration here: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3599123.
  • September 27, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) 916 W. Turner St., Allentown, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration.
  • September 13, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-7:00pm)
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration
    at Quaker Meeting House, 4116 Bath Pike (Route 512) Bethlehem, PA 18017
  • September 13, 2018 (Thursday, 7:00pm)
    Presentation by Malik Neal, co-founder and Vice-President of the Philadelphia Bail Fund.
    At Quaker Meeting House, 4116 Bath Pike (Route 512) Bethlehem, PA 18017
    Pre-registration at www.pym.org/fellowship/rsvp/ is requested if you plan to attend, and refreshments will be served. For additional details, see www.pym.org/fellowship/.
  • August 23, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) 916 W. Turner St., Allentown, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration.
  • August 9, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) 916 W. Turner St., Allentown, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration.
  • August 8, 2018 (Wednesday, 1:30-3:00pm) Northampton County Reentry Coalition
    Location: Northamapton Human Services Building, Conference Room 3, 2801 Emrick Blvd., Bethlehem, PA 18020
  • August 3-5, 2018 (Friday, 6:00pm -- Sunday, 12:00 noon) Quakertown
    Stations of Hope training: 10 hours includes Healing Communities and Restorative Justice training. Cost is $110.00.
    Location: Quakertown United Methodist Church, 1875 Freier Rd, Quakertown
    (This is one of several workshops sponsored by by the United Methodist Church, but open to anyone.) For details and registration, see this announcement.
  • July 26, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) 916 W. Turner St., Allentown, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration will meet at in the meeting room downstairs. Enter the building from Turner Street entrance. There is free off-street parking behind the building.
  • July 17-19, 2018 (Tues-Thurs, 9am-3pm) THINKING FOR A CHANGE
    (hosted by Pinebrook Family Answers)
    3-DAY TRAINING FOR RE-ENTRY PROVIDERS. Thinking for a Change is an evidence-based cognitive behavioral program aimed at changing one's behavior through addressing thinking errors and building social skills. The program was developed by the National Institute of Corrections and is used in nearly all 50 states and beyond with all populations. This training session is free. Participants will receive materials to print on your own in advance. You will also receive a certificate of completion. Class size is limited to 30 people, so register early.
    Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Correction, Bureau of Community Corrections.
    Location: Pinebrook Family Answers, 402 North Fulton Street, Allentown, PA 18102.
    Free Parking Available (around the building or in the lot directly behind the Wawa).
    For more information or to register, email Justin Harlan <jharlan@pa.gov>.
  • July 12, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) 916 W. Turner St., Allentown, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration will meet at in the meeting room downstairs. Enter the building from Turner Street entrance. There is free off-street parking behind the building.
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