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"Conviction"

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 7:00pm

This Hollywood film tells the true story of a sister’s unwavering devotion to her brother. When Betty Anne Waters’ (two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank) older brother Kenny (Sam Rockwell) is arrested for murder and sentenced to life in 1983, Betty Anne, a Massachusetts wife and mother of two, dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction, putting herself through high school, college and, finally, law school in an 18 year quest to free Kenny.

The New Jim Crow book discussion

Friday, October 22, 2010 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Fulfilling a Purpose in the Community

Omari Williams was only 19 when he was handed his first prison sentence. After his release at 21, he became part of a dauntingly high recidivism rate and returned to prison for a second time.

This summer, nearly two decades after he first entered the system, Omari once more found himself a free man after he was released from the Maryland Correctional Training Center (MCTC) in Hagerstown, Maryland. He is absolutely certain that he will not be returning for a third time, and one of the reasons is his involvement with AFSC’s Friend of a Friend project.

The Fair Sentencing of Youth Conference

Saturday, September 25, 2010 - 1:00pm

SPONSORED BY THE IOWA COALITION 4 JUVENILE JUSTICE

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

JODY KENT 

DIRECTOR AND NATIONAL COORDINATOR OF THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE FAIR SENTENCING OF YOUTH. 

Judy works with advocates around the country to end the practice of sentencing Youth to ‘life without the possibility of parole’.

The conference will organize supporters about the issues of 

(1) disproportionate minority contract, 

Friends of Iowa Women Prisoners meeting

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 12:00pm

The next Friends of Iowa Women Prisoners meeting is at noon on Tues., May 18th at Wesley United Methodist Church, 800 East 12th.  Bring your lunch. J  Speaker is Marty Ryan, Legislative Advocate for Justice Reform Consortium.

Iowa CURE Meeting

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 5:30pm

On June 8, Robyn Mills, Chairperson of the  Iowa Board of Corrections will be with us.  This is a rare opportunity to come and hear about the duties of Board, who they represent and how they can and can't guide the direction and influence the policies of corrections in the state.

Inalienable rights

International treaties, conventions, and declarations provide basic guidelines for the treatment of prisoners. However, those guidelines are routinely ignored by the U.S. criminal justice system. “Inalienable rights: Applying international human rights standards to the U.S. criminal justice system” is meant to help illuminate—and eliminate—this hypocritical double standard.

 

New York/New Jersey healing justice and prison watch

The Healing Justice and Prison Watch programs empower individuals harmed by criminal justice policies and violence to heal and transform the conditions under which they live. We recognize and advance the worth and dignity of all people in and around the criminal justice system.

Newark, NJ

kadi and family

Kadi and family

Kadi (far right), her two sisters, and their father, with a photo of their mother who was deported in 2002.

The Newark office is home to the Immigrant Rights Program, the New Jersey base of the Healing Justice Program, and the online home for the New York Metro Internship Project.

The Immigrant Rights Program integrates legal services, advocacy, and organizing, providing legal representation in challenging immigration cases and also ensuring that immigrant voices in New Jersey and beyond are heard in policy debates. The program responds to myths about immigrants through presentations and media work.

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