Below please see a memo to MOSES members about an important meeting tonight on racial disparities in the criminal justice system. A good turn out, with many faces and voices calling for a decrease in racial disparities is important. MOSES has been leading the charge on this and shares some good information for this evening.
TO: MOSES Members
FROM: MOSES Jail Task Force/Support Teams
RE: October 12 Community Conversation Event
The following message about the Community Conversation event has been posted on the MOSES web site. We encourage you to participate in the event. Please feel free to invite others from your faith community or organization to attend.
Although we encourage everyone to become informed about these issues, our understanding is that the most important message on Monday is that there are MANY people in the community that care about Justice System reform. People who want to decrease the racial disparities in Dane County; People who want to decrease the number of people, especially people with mental health issues, in jail; People who want to respect the humanity of people who are in the jail; People who want ex-prisoners to integrate successfully back into our community.
If you want to read MOSES positions, here is the link to the documents with MOSES comments on each of the 30 workgroup recommendations.
Community Conversation: Jail Workgroup Recommendations
Reposted on MOSES Web Site from Madison365 by Robert Chapell:
Criminal Justice Reform Community Meeting Set for Monday
"The Dane County Board of Supervisors will host a community conversation regarding potential reform of the county’s criminal justice system on Monday, October 12, from 6 until 8:30 pm on the second floor of the Alliant Energy Center.
The conversation will feature small-group discussion of more than 30 recommendations put forward recently by three community workgroups who addressed needs in the areas of: Alternatives to Arrest and Incarceration; Length of Stay; and Mental Health, Solitary Confinement and Incarceration.
“The three workgroups addressed critical issues with a great deal of dedication and commitment. I have high expectations for criminal justice reform and furthering our unique partnerships with the criminal justice stakeholders and the Dane County community,” County Board Chair Sharon Corrigan said in a statement today. “Monday will provide an opportunity for those who have not yet been involved to join us at the table. I hope people will come together, learn the issues and help us prioritize the next steps.”
Community members are encouraged to attend, Corrigan said. The workgroup report is available here: https://dane.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=4026795&GUID=18FFAEB5-CBF8-445F-91FD-55CB03C21C2A."
Mon Oct 12, 2015 6pm – 8:30pm Central Time
Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI 53713, (map)