Montclair High’s CGI Presents Panel Discussion on Criminal Justice Reform

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 12:15pm


Montclair High School Civics and Government Institute (CGI) presents “Community Speaks: Criminal Justice Reform,” a panel discussion on criminal justice reform related to the new documentary film “13th,” which discusses the broken criminal justice reform system in the United States.

CGI has assembled a panel of two criminal justice activists who appeared in the documentary, as well as a Montclair police deputy and a criminal justice expert from the ACLU.

Speakers include Nick Turner, the president of the Vera Institute of Justice, and Marc Mauer, Executive Director of the Sentencing Project. Both appear in the Ava DuVernay documentary “13th,” available on Netflix. Also on the panel are Deputy Chief Wilhelm B. Young of the Montclair Police Department, and Portia Allen-Kyle, the Pratt Criminal Justice Transparency Fellow at the ACLU-New Jersey.

The panel will be student moderated, and will open up for questions towards the end of the event.

Montclair High School’s Civics and Government Institute is a small learning community which focuses on the study of citizenship, government, and social issues on both a national and a global level. Students within the Civics and Government Institute, or CGI for short, participate in mock government, debate, bill writing, elections, and community service projects, all of which are student directed.

The 2016-2017 school year is CGI’s 20th anniversary. In order to commemorate 20 years of dedication to civic engagement, the Executive Branch of the institute has initiated an advocacy campaign on Criminal Justice Reform. The campaign will commence with the December 14th panel on the Criminal Justice System, facilitating a conversation on mass-incarceration, police brutality, the role of private prison’s within the punitive system, and the role that race, class, and education play in incarceration.

What: Montclair High School Civics & Government Institute presents “Community Speaks: Criminal Justice Reform”
When: Wednesday, December 14, 7 p.m.
Where: 141 Park Street, George Innis Atrium, Montclair High School’s George Inness Annex
Free and open to the public

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