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COVID-19 Advisory - It is expected that meetings of the Mass Incarceration Committee (and most of the other events on this calendar) will be conduced as virtual meetings (Zoom or other internet-based media) until there is effective contact tracing and testing or until there is an effective corona virus vaccine. See Pennsylvania Department of Health for coronavirus updates.
POWER Lehigh Valley - working group to
End Mass Incarceration

End Mass Incarceration meetings are usually on 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month, 7pm by Zoom (internet or phone). Face-to-face meetings are suspended for the duration of the corona virus pandemic. Check the calendar below for updates and exceptions.

Lehigh Valley - Events of interest for Criminal Justice Reform

  • "The Definition of Insanity" - PBS Documentary (55 min.) on people with mental illness and the criminal justice system. Judge Steven Leifman tells how Miami-Dade County, Florida, has reduced recidivism by doing things differently. Watch on-line at www.pbs.org/show/definition-insanity. (See a description of this documentary here.)

  • Community Conversation: Criminal Justice Reform
    PBS39. We investigate where the criminal justice system is effective and where it is lacking. (Originally aired on August 14, 2020)
    Panelists and Guests:
    • Douglas Reichley - Lehigh County Judge
    • Ettore Angelo - Criminal Defense Attorney
    • Dr. Hasshan Batts - Promise Neighborhoods
    • Patty Cannon
    • Jose Rivera
    Watch the recorded program at PBS39.org/communityconversation.

  • POWER Live Free (Philadelphia) virtual Town Hall (biweekly series)
    Watch live or watch recorded events at www.facebook.com/powerinterfaith
    • July 15, 2020 (Wed., 7:00pm) Imagining Civilian Police Oversight, Part 1
    • July 29, 2020 (Wed., 7:00pm) Imagining Civilian Police Oversight, Part 2
    • Aug. 12, 2020 (Wed., 7:00pm) Imagining Civilian Police Oversight, Part 3
    • Aug. 26, 2020 (Wed., 7:00pm) Imagining Civilian Police Oversight, Part 4
    • Sept. 9, 2020 (Wed., 7:00pm) Imagining Civilian Police Oversight, Part 5
    • Sept. 23, 2020 (Wed., 7:00pm) Imagining Civilian Police Oversight, Part 6

  • Voices from the Inside - Solitary Confinement - (Recorded on September 10, 2020)
    This event provided space for people to share their experiences with solitary confinement and also how hard it is for the entire prison population to be on permanent isolated confinement due to COVID. Sponsored by CADBI, HRC, Prison Radio, and the Keystone Decarceration Bloc. Watch recored presentations from this event at https://www.facebook.com/AbolitionistLawCenter/videos/2679496455657566.

  • September 17, 2020 (Thursday, 6:00pm) - debrief of the September commutation hearings and next steps sponsored by Amistad Law Project and Let's Get Free. You can register to be a part of the conversation here:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUoc--sqjovHdS9I-G-G6If-L35DjuKA8er.
  • September 17, 2020 (Thursday, 7:00pm)   POWER Lehigh Valley - End Mass Incarceration.
    Zoom meeting - participate by internet or phone.
    Recent participants will be notified of details by email.
  • September 24, 2020 (Thursday, 6:00-7:30pm) Virtual Townhall sponsored by Free The Ballot to hear their plan to transform the state legislature. Free The Ballot is a statewide network dedicated to electing politicians who want to end mass incarceration, and many of us are connected to their work. You can register to attend the townhall here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpdO2sqzwqHdCywJ4vuYTBj9ccGLPrzy7R.
  • September 24, 2020 (Thursday, 6:30pm) Lehigh County - Courts and Corrections Committee
    Look for Zoom meeting information at www.lehighcounty.org/departments/commissioners
  • October 1, 2020 (Thursday, 7:00pm)   POWER Lehigh Valley - End Mass Incarceration.
    Zoom meeting - participate by internet or phone.
    Recent participants will be notified of details by email.
  • October 5, 2020 (Monday, 6:30pm) CADBI - ZOOM Meeting
    CADBI Lehigh Valley - Coalition Against Death by Incarceration.
    For further information, phone: 412-728-3839, or facebook.com/CADBI-Lehigh-Valley.
  • October 15, 2020 (Thursday, 7:00pm)   POWER Lehigh Valley - End Mass Incarceration.
    Zoom meeting - participate by internet or phone.
    Recent participants will be notified of details by email.
  • November 18, 2020 (Wednesday, 1:30-3:00pm) Northampton County Reentry Coalition
    (Details TBA)


  • Sept. 10 - Oct. 22, 2020 (Thursdays, 3:00-4:30pm) Fundamentals of Pretrial Justice
    Classes presented via Zoom by faculty of the Pretrial Justice Institute. Cost: $450.00.
    See details and register HERE.
  • September 10, 2020 (Thursday, 6:00pm)   Voices from the Inside - Solitary Confinement
    (Postponed from September 3) This event will give space for people to share their experiences with solitary confinement and also how hard it is for the entire prison population to be on permanent isolated confinement due to COVID. Sponsored by CADBI, HRC, Prison Radio, and the Keystone Decarceration Bloc. Register at bit.ly/VoicesFromInside to receive the Zoom link.
  • September 9, 2020 (Wednesday, 2:00pm) National Law Enforcement Museum (webinar)
    Panel Discussion: Law Enforcement during COVID
    Details and registration here: lawenforcementmuseum.org/events/
  • September 3, 2020 (Thursday, 7:00pm)   POWER Lehigh Valley - End Mass Incarceration.
    Zoom meeting - participate by internet or phone.
    Recent participants will be notified of details by email.
  • August 24, 2020 (Monday, 7:00pm) - CANCELLED - event to be rescheduled
    Solidarity Not Solitary event on Zoom
    Thia event, led by PA Council of Churches, will present the history of solitary confinement and strategies for advocacy against the practice. You will also hear from returning citizens about their lives during and after incarceration.
    Register Here by Sunday, August 23, to receive the Zoom link. For further information, see the Facebook event: facebook.com/events/2717113541910482/, or contact Sandy Strauss at s.strauss@pachurches.org.
  • August 20, 2020 (Thursday, 7:00pm)   POWER Lehigh Valley - End Mass Incarceration.
    Zoom meeting - participate by internet or phone.
    Recent participants will be notified of details by email.
  • August 18, 2020 (Tuesday, 7:00pm) Screening of three films about women lifers in PA prisons that address the harmful narratives and outcomes of the punitive criminal justice system in PA. The short films were put together by Let's Get Free and the Women Lifers Resume Project and each focuses on women from Muncy state prison sentenced to death-by-incarceration sentences. Here is a short trailer for the three films. Register Here to receive the Zoom link for the screening.
  • August 14, 2020 - (Friday, 7:00pm) Community Conversation: Criminal Justice Reform
    PBS39. We investigate where the criminal justice system is effective and where it is lacking. Panelists and Guests:
    • Douglas Reichley - Lehigh County Judge
    • Ettore Angelo - Criminal Defense Attorney
    • Dr. Hasshan Batts - Promise Neighborhoods
    • Patty Cannon
    • Jose Rivera
    Watch the recorded program at PBS39.org/communityconversation.
  • August 7, 2020 - (Friday, 12:00-12:45pm) Beyond Bars press conference (on Zoom)
    Beyond Bars is a Lehigh University student project which continues work started two years ago, examining the issue of mass incarceration and the role of art and culture. This summer, students have been working on creating a novel style of theater presentation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    For Zoom login info, register at go.lehigh.edu/pressconf.
  • August 6, 2020 (Thursday, 7:00pm)   POWER Lehigh Valley - End Mass Incarceration.
    Zoom meeting - participate by internet or phone.
    Recent participants will be notified of details by email.
  • August 4, 2020 - (Tuesday, 6:00pm) Legislative Strategy for Criminal Justice Reform
    eastern Pennsylvania meeting
    For further information and Zoom login contact keystonedecarceration@alcenter.org.
  • August 3 - (Monday, 6:30pm) CADBI - ZOOM Meeting
    CADBI Lehigh Valley - Coalition Against Death by Incarceration.
    For further information, phone: 412-728-3839, or facebook.com/CADBI-Lehigh-Valley.

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Last Updated: 09/13/2020
Created: January 18, 2018