a Lehigh Valley working group to
End Mass Incarceration

(a committee affiliated with POWER Lehigh Valley)

We held our first meeting on Jan. 30, 2018, and forthcoming meetings will usually be on 2nd & 4th Thursdays each month, 6:00-8:00pm at Resurrected Life Children's Academy, 916 W. Turner St., Allentown (July 12, July 26, August 9, August 23 ... - but check our website for exceptions.) 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, TLCC Justice & Advocacy, 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!

  • 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 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.
  • August 8, 2018 (Wednesday, 1:30-3:00pm) Northampton County Reentry Coalition
    Location: Northamapton Human Services Building, 2801 Emrick Blvd., Bethlehem, PA 18020
  • August 9, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) 916 W. Turner St., Allentown, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration.
  • August 23, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) 916 W. Turner St., Allentown, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration.


  • 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.
  • June 28, 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.
    Invited guest: Laura Savenelli, Reentry Coordinator for Northampton County Department of Corrections.
  • June 27, 2018 (Wednesday, 5:00pm) Allentown Public Library
    "Standing Up Against Mass Incarceration in the Lehigh Valley." Allentown Public Library, 1210 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA. Protest rally against Lehigh County District Attorney James B. Martin's refusal to uphold Allentown's recent decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana. Sponsored by NextGenAmerica.org. For more information, see www.facebook.com/events/1733883163314251/
  • June 23, 2018 (Saturday, 8:30am-4:00pm) - Healing Communities Training
    at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethlehem. Healing Communities is a national model created by the Annie E Casey Foundation and faith leaders from across the theological spectrum, to engage congregations in the restoration and healing of people who have been impacted by crime and the criminal justice system. Registration, which includes training materials, is $40 per person, or $105 for 3 from the same congregation.
    For more details and registration, click here There's also a Facebook event here
  • June 21, 2018 (Thursday, 7:00pm) Conversation with Laura Kuykendall, Warden, Lehigh County Community Corrections Center, and chair of the Lehigh Country Reentry Coalition.
    Hosted by the Justice & Advocacy Committee of the Lehigh Conference of Churches.
    Location: Dubbs Community Center, 457 W. Allen Street, Allentown. Off-street parking is available behind the building. Enter by the red door at the back (north side) of the building.

  • June 14, 2018 (Thursday, 5:30-7:00pm) Allentown, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration
    Meeting Location: Lehigh Valley Active Life Center, 1633 West Elm Street, Allentown
  • June 14, 2018 (Thursday, 7:00-9:00pm) - Criminal Justice Reform for Lifers
    Community Educational Forum: Pennsylvania HB-135 and SB-942 "Parole Eligibility for Life Sentences". Hear testimonies from returning citizens, community crime victims, and others.
    Ask your questions and get answers.
    Location: Lehigh Valley Active Life Center, 1633 West Elm Street, Allentown
  • May 30, 2018 Lancaster County RMO tour (by invitation)
  • May 29, 2018 (Tuesday, 7:30pm) Webinar sponsored by UUA and UUSC
    The New Debtor's Prison: How to End Cash Bail. On any given night, more than 450,000 people in the United States who have not been convicted of any crime are locked up in jail simply because they don't have enough money to pay bail. Register here for the webinar.
  • May 24, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) 916 W. Turner St., Allentown, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration
    Invited guest: Joyce Dougherty, Pinebrook Family Answers consultant and Moravian College faculty - Sociology & Anthropology Department.
  • May 9, 2018 (Wednesday, 1:30-3:00pm) Bethlehem, PA
    The quarterly meeting of the Northampton County Reentry Coalition will be held at Emmanuel Evangelical Congregational Church, 75 E Union Blvd, Bethlehem, PA 18018 . The meeting is organized by Laura Savenelli, Reentry Coordinator for Northampton County Department of Corrections; and three presentations are lined up for the meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend.
  • May 10, 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.
    Invited guest: Melanie Snyder, Executive Director, Lancaster County Reentry Management Organization (RMO).
  • April 26, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) Allentown, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration will meet at 916 W. Turner St. in the meeting room downstairs. Enter the building from Turner Street entrance. There is off-street parking behind the building.
  • April 19, 2018 (Thursday, 7:00-9:00pm) Congressional Candidate Forum for PA 7th District (Lehigh Valley), sponsored by Lehigh Valley for All. at Harvey A Neville Hall, Lehigh University, 6a E Packer Ave, Bethlehem, Pa. [Map]
  • April 21, 2018 (Saturday, 8:30am-4pm ) Healing Communities Training for people supporting reentry from prison. Cost: $40 per participant or $100 for 3 people from the same congregation.
    Location: Lancaster Theological Seminary 555 West James St, Lancaster, PA
    Register at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3355956
  • April 20-22, 2018 (Friday-Sunday) Storytelling and Media Conference with several sessions (on Sat. April 21) that relate to mass incarceration/prison. See summary of mass incarceration sessions here or full conference program here. Pre-registration is requested.
  • April 18, 2018 (Wednesday, 7pm)ACLU-PA Campaign for Smart Justice webinar.
    For details and registration: go.peoplepower.org/signup/pa-smart-justice-webinar-rsvp/
  • April 18, 2018 (Wednesday, 8:30am-4pm) Healing Communities Training for people supporting reentry from prison. Cost: $40 per participant or $100 for 3 people from the same congregation.
    Location: Ebenezer Baptist Church, 701 North Lime St, Lancaster, PA
    Register at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3356277
  • April 15-16, 2018 (Sunday 1:30-5:30pm, Monday) Lancaster, PA
    The "Faithful Advocacy for Criminal Justice Reform: Principles and Practice" program will be held at Lancaster Theological Seminary on Sunday afternoon, and district lobby visits will be scheduled on Monday.
    April 15 (1:30-5:30 pm) location: Lancaster Theological Seminary, Hafer Center (above the library), 555 West James Street, Lancaster, PA 17603
    April 16: (schedule based on legislative visits)
    Register here. ($20 registration fee).   Facebook event here.
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