Reimagining Justice in Bennington
Is crime up or down? Are too many people locked up or not enough? What are the effects in Vermont of over-incarceration? The public is invited to a community conversation about criminal justice in Vermont – what it looks like, its challenges and successes, and alternatives to mass incarceration. The event will be held Wednesday, September 21, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, 108 School Street, Bennington. There will be an overview of who is in prison in Vermont and why, short video clips of formerly incarcerated Vermont men and women or their family members, excerpts from inmates’ letters, and a panel discussion. Panelists include Meg McCarthy (whose husband is currently incarcerated), Vermont State Representative Kiah Morris, attorney Bradley Myerson and advocate Michael Washington, who has direct experience with incarceration. The event is co-sponsored by Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform, a Burlington-based non-profit, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington. For more information, call Anna Stevens at 802 503-0601.