Past Events

What is Restorative Justice?

Many people in prison don’t belong there, but what do we do with people who have caused real harm? 

June 14, 2018

The Most Powerful Person in the Criminal Justice System

Many voters don’t know that one of the most important people in the criminal justice system is someone that we elect: their local prosecutor. In Vermont, our prosecutors are called ‘State’s Attorneys’ and every county has one.

May 17, 2018

Punishment for Profit: Private Prisons & Vermont

In January, the Scott administration introduced a proposal for a 925 bed mega-prison complex to be built by a private prison company with a terrible track record for human rights abuses.  We’ll give an overview of the private prison industry and alternatives to spending $150 million on a new pris

April 26, 2018

Mass Incarceration 101

What are the root causes driving mass incarceration, despite evidence that prisons aren’t effective means of rehabilitation or creating safer communities?

April 5, 2018