Locked Up and Locked Out: Restoring Human Rights in the Criminal Justice System
“The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.”
Friday, October 18, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Montpelier UU Church
A Conversation about Prisons and Freedom with
*Bernice Mennis, retired Vermont College professor, author of Breaking Out of Prison, who taught writing for twelve years at a maximum security prison in New York State;
She will speak about the philosophical, psychological and political aspects of imprisonment.
*Walter Lomax, Director of the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative, who was in prison for 39 years for a crime he did not commit. He will speak about Restorative Justice in Maryland and about the challenges of reentry.
*Dr. JoAnna Allen, who has taught meditation and yoga to inmates at the Baltimore County jail, founder of The Kindness Project. She will speak about the role of mindfulness in prisons, the Alternatives to Violence program, the culture of “no” in prisons, and the problems of transitioning back to freedom
*John Gorczyk, former Vermont Commissioner of Corrections, winner of the 2006 Louie Wainwright Award for his lifetime contributions to Corrections in Vermont, will speak about establishing restorative justice and community based programs, as well as pioneering evidence-based practices in Corrections.
At 5 p.m. October 18, before the panel, a film about meditation in prison, Dhamma Brothers, will be shown at UU.
Sponsored by Occupy Central Vermont and the UU Social Responsibility Committee