Best of

Conversations on Justice Reform

Past Event
Thursday, Jan 30, 2020
4:30 PM — 7:00 PM CT
Iowa Memorial Union at University of Iowa
This event will be live-streamed in conjunction with the release of Vera's third-annual State of Justice Reform report. The Live stream will begin at 5pm CT.

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Starting at 5pm CT.

It was a busy year for progress in justice reform—which sets us up for critical work in 2020. In conjunction with the release of Vera Institute of Justice’s third-annual interactive report, The State of Justice Reform 2019, Vera will host Best Of: Conversations on Justice Reform on January 30 in Iowa City.

Alongside special guests like The Appeal’s Josie Duffy Rice and Co-host of Pod Save the People and cofounder of Campaign Zero Samuel Sinyangwe, we’ll be honoring and celebrating key justice-related podcasts, books, documentaries, and social media influencers from 2019.

In addition to announcing the honorees, our special guests will be participating in conversations about various aspects of the criminal and immigration justice system.

This multimedia event will bring together researchers, experts, advocates, activists, filmmakers, artists, and other creatives. You don’t want to miss it!

Capacity is limited, so please RSVP.

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Emceed by:

Josie Duffy Rice
President, The Appeal


A New Light: Changing the Way We Perceive Incarcerated People

Kimberly Drew
Writer, activist, museum and art curator

Mia Legaspi-Cavin
Senior Program Associate, Vera’s Restoring Promise Initiative

Kendrick Sampson
Activist, producer, and Actor

Moses El-Sun White
Restorative Justice Consultant

Unlocking Potential: Access to Education for People in Prison

Allan Wachendorfer
Program Associate, Vera’s Center for Sentencing and Corrections

Dr. Beth Skinner
Director, Iowa Department of Corrections

Dr. Heather Erwin
Director, University of Iowa Liberal Arts
Beyond Bars College in Prison Program

Ethan Miller
Formerly incarcerated graduate, Second Chance Pell Program,
Iowa Central Community College

Inside Local Jails

Jack Norton
Research Associate, Vera’s Center for Sentencing and Corrections

Immigration & Incarceration

Kica Matos
Director, Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice

De’Ara Balenger
Activist, Co-Founder, Maestra

Pathway to Winning Justice

Jamila Hodge
Director, Vera’s Reshaping Prosecution Program

Josie Duffy Rice
President, The Appeal

Liberation is Not Liberation Without the Right to Vote

Samuel Sinyangwe
Activist, policy analyst, data scientist, Co-founder, Campaign Zero

Michelle Heinz
Executive Director, Inside Out Reentry Community