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The Smart Justice Revolution: Part of the Spirit & Place Festival

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Newfields

4000 North Michigan Road

Indianapolis, IN 46208

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Confront the growing need for a revolution in criminal justice. Artwork & panel featuring those impacted by the justice system.

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During the reception, view art created by those affected by the criminal justice system and enjoy refreshments, compliments of Sun King Brewing. Artwork displayed at the event will be a sampling from PACE's upcoming event, Artspoken - learn more.

The panel discussion will explore the history of America’s criminal justice system and the values that have shaped it, such as values of retribution vs. rehabilitation. We will discuss the deeply rooted racial disparities within the system, and how organizations are revolutionizing the way we think of incarceration by pushing beyond mere reform, toward the importance of decarceration.

TIMELINE:

  • 6:30 Doors Open
  • 6:30 - 7:00 Art Display & Reception including complimentary refreshments courtesy of Sun King Brewing
  • 7:00 - 8:30 Panel Discussion

PRESENTED BY:

ACLU of Indiana, Newfields, Public Advocates in Community Reentry (PACE) Indy, Goodwill New Beginnings and Sun King Brewing

PANELISTS:

Brandon BuskeyACLU Deputy Director for Smart Justice Litigation

Brandon has been with the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project since 2012. His work focuses on reforming pretrial justice, expanding the right to counsel, juvenile sentencing, and residency restrictions for former sexual offenders. Prior to the ACLU, Brandon worked at the Equal Justice Initiative and the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

Chris HolifieldFormer New Beginnings Participant

Chris Holifield, is a 2017 graduate of Goodwill's New Beginnings Program. Chris came to Goodwill with a dream in mind - to never return to prison. He has achieved his dream by graduating from New Beginnings; maintaining a part-time job that led to a full-time position as a supervisor; and has continued to stay connected with New Beginnings by hiring even more of New Beginnings graduates.

Andrew KingRecycleForce Director of Inventory and Quality Control

Andrew King started as a participant at RecycleForce over 10 years ago and is now the Director of Inventory and Quality Control. His main focus at RecycleForce is recycling electronic waste. However, his story through the criminal justice system mirrors all of the participants at RecycleForce. His goal is to help redesign a criminal justice system so that nobody ever has to go through the same hardships he did.

Jeannie Reed Former PACE Program Participant

Due to her addiction, Jeannie has been incarcerated multiple times throughout her life. The last time she was incarcerated, she spent over a year in the Indiana Department of Correction. During her last incarceration, Jeannie found a pamphlet about PACE. She came to PACE to begin services the week she was released. Not only is Jeannie dedicated to her own recovery, she is dedicated to help others learn how to navigate their own journey. Jeannie’s humility and compassion allow her to be the best advocate for those navigating both re-entry and recovery. Today, Jeannie has celebrated two years of sobriety. She has maintained employment and has been promoted to management.

ABOUT SPIRIT & PLACE

The Spirit & Place Festival (Nov. 1 - 10) celebrates the powerful role the arts, humanities, and religion plan in community life. Spirit & Place is a legacy project of The Polis Center and part of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Learn more and check out other festival events at spiritandplace.org.

FAQ

Q: What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

A: Free onsite parking. Public transit by using IndyGo’s trip planner at indygo.net. IndyGo routes: 34 and 38.

Q: How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

A: Contact info@aclu-in.org or 317-635-4059.

Q: Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

A: Nope!

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