Opportunities for Criminal Justice Reform in Connecticut
Presented by John Santa
Saturday, June 12, 2016
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church
The Racial Justice ministry of Trinity Episcopal Church-Newtown is pleased to announce a workshop on Sunday, June 12th, 2016 from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm entitled “Opportunities for Criminal Justice Reform in Connecticut.” This session will be presented by John Santa, former CEO of Santa Energy, community activist, and acting Chairman of the Sentencing Commission of the State of Connecticut.
Connecticut's prison population has soared from 3,800 to 17,000 since 1980, mostly with non-violent drug users. Over 95% of these prisoners will be released without adequate preparation or support to succeed on the outside. Over half will end up back in prison. This revolving door reaps a terrible toll on both the individuals and our society. For nearly 20 years, John Santa and his colleagues at the Malta Justice Initiative have been working to improve the system by advocating for practical, effective reform measures. Join us for a presentation and discussion about solutions we can help promote to address the injustices and inefficiencies of Connecticut's criminal justice system, which have a disproportional impact on people of color in our state.
John Santa’s record as a community activist as well as his ongoing commitment to social justice and community service is substantial. In 2002 he and his colleagues founded Malta Prison Volunteers of Connecticut - now known as Malta Justice Initiative – to inform and educate the Business, Faith and Academic communities of Connecticut about the opportunities available in Criminal Justice Reform. For his untiring dedication to Criminal Justice Legislative Reform, John was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree from Fairfield University in May of 2014. He is currently the acting Chairman of the Sentencing Commission of the State of Connecticut.
We look forward to seeing you at this fourth event we’ve hosted over the past year at Trinity as we continue to pursue a conversation on racial equality, justice and reconciliation here in our community and beyond!
About Trinity's Racial Justice Group
During the winter of 2014/15, a small group at Trinity began to talk about beginning a conversation in our parish focused on the crucial social issues of racial justice, equality, and reconciliation, especially in light of the incidents during the summer and fall of 2014 involving Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, Eric Garner in New York, and Freddie Gray in Baltimore, etc. As a first step, we invited a panel of speakers to present to us in May of 2015. Please see the Newtown Bee press release summarizing this first event.