The Newark-based New Jersey Institute of Social Justice will be co-sponsoring an open hearing on prisoner-reentry issues with Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson-Coleman on Tuesday, December 11. If this is a topic you care about, you’ll want to attend this hearing: details in the flyer below.
Counting the Costs Flyer
In partnership with Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson-Coleman, the Second Chance Campaign of New Jersey (www.secondchancenj.org) is planning and organizing the “Counting the Costs” series of public hearings on criminal justice and reentry. The Second Chance Campaign has shaped the hearings’ agendas, which, accordingly, include our core issues: the prison phone surcharge, in-prison education, employment bars, the felony drug ban, expungement reform, fines, and others.
Per the attached flyer, the first hearing, on families and incarceration, will be held this Friday, November 21st from 3:00-8:00pm at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset (771 Somerset Street). I strongly encourage you to attend and spread the word as far and wide as you can; all are welcome and, in fact, necessary in order to send our message in an amplified, united voice to New Jersey’s legislators and the general public.
The subsequent two hearings, on sentencing and training & treatment respectively, will be held on Monday, December 8, 3:00-8:00pm at Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton (340 S. Howard Woodson, Jr. Way) and Thursday, December 11, 3:00-8:00pm at the Rutgers-Newark Paul Robeson Center (350 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard).
To read more about the challenge of prisoner-reentry in New Jersey, check out this briefing paper by the NJISJ: An Overview of Prisoner Reentry in New Jersey.