Traveling America’s Town Hall Programs

Criminal Justice Reform and the Constitution

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
5 - 6 p.m. Beer, Wine, & Light Fare | 6 - 7:30 p.m. Program
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC 202, First Street NE, Washington, D.C.
Admission is free. To register, email [email protected].

6 – 6:45 p.m.:  Faces of Criminal Justice Reform and Advocacy

Georgetown University law professor and criminal justice reform advocate Shon Hopwood and his former client Matthew Charles discuss the real world effects of the criminal justice system and how reform can make a difference. Mark Holden, long-time criminal justice reform advocate, Taryn Merkl, senior counsel in the Brennan Center’s Justice Program and its Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration, and Somil Trivedi, senior staff attorney in the ACLU's Criminal Law Reform Project, discuss how ideologically diverse groups can build bridges on issues like criminal justice reform, what lessons they learned from the First Step Act, and what CJR issues they want to jointly address next. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.

6:45 – 7:30 p.m.: Panel 2: Criminal Justice Reform & Congress

Senator Mike Lee joins National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen for a wide-ranging, conversation on why criminal justice reform matters, the issues that should be addressed in the “next steps” after the First Step Act, and how the Constitution informs the senator's views.

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