a Lehigh Valley working group to|
End Mass Incarceration
(a committee affiliated with POWER NE)
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 916 W. Turner St. (May 24, June 14, June 28, July 12, July 26 ... - but check our website for exceptions.)
For now our work is focused on:
(Check back here for meeting updates, or register to get on our email list).
- Reentry support for people returning from jail or prison
- State & Local legislation related to criminal justice, such as ending cash bail
- Education about the structure of the local criminal justice system and support services that are available to prisoners, returning citizens, and their families.
Sponsored by POWER NE, 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!
- 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.
- June 14, 2018 (Thursday, 5:30-7:00pm) Allentown, PA
- 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
- 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
- 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 Cmmunity 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
- August 8, 2018 (Wednesday) Northampton County Reentry Coalition (TBA)
- May 9, 2018 (Wednesday, 1:30-3:00pm) Bethlehem, PA
The quarterly meeting of the Northampton County Reentry Coalition wilt 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.
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 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.
- 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 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.
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Learn More about Mass Incarceration in Pennsylvania Here [PDF]