Panel Discussion on Race and Criminal Justice

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, several Jewish organizations sponsored a panel discussion on minorities and the criminal justice system. The sponsoring organizations included the Philadelphia Jewish Labor Committee (JLC), Jewish Social Policy Action Network (JSPAN), Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), and the National Council of Jewish Women, Philadelphia Chapter (NCJW).

Abbey Frank, associate director of JCRC, introduced the panel: Nyssa Taylor, Criminal Justice Policy Council, American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania; Keir Bradford-Grey, chief defender, Defenders Association of Philadelphia; and State Rep. Jordan Harris.

Frank welcomed the attendees, some of whom took part in community service projects in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “I’m thrilled that we’re here tonight, to mark his memory in a different way and talk about a really important subject: race in the criminal justice system.” One concern of JCRC, said Frank, has been “the vast increase in the U.S. prison population over the past 40 years, and the racial disparities in our criminal justice system.” [Read more…]

Philadelphia DA Candidates Pound the Pavement in Search of Votes

The general election for Philadelphia’s district attorney is still a few months away, but the candidates agree that summer is no time to get complacent.

Beth Grossman, the Republican candidate, who spent over 21 years as an assistant district attorney, is filling her calendar with events all over the city. Larry Krasner, her Democratic challenger, who is a civil rights lawyer, wants to knock on the door of every marginalized voter he can before Election Day on Nov. 7. [Read more…]

A webinar With Sen. Cory Booker: Reengaging the Jewish Community on Criminal Justice Reform

The statistics around mass incarceration are staggering:

  • With just 4.4% of the world’s population, the U.S. houses nearly 25% of the world’s prisoners — over 2.2 million individuals. We house 30% of the world’s population of incarcerated women.
  • Over 2.7 million children have at least one parent in prison.
  • Nearly half of all state prisoners are nonviolent offenders, and 16% are drug offenders.

Please join us for a conversation with Senator Cory Booker on criminal justice reform, mandatory minimums, mass incarceration, juvenile justice, race, faith, the impact on our society, and what the Jewish community can be doing to help address these issues. Senator Booker has been a leading advocate on reforms to our criminal justice system for many years, from his many initiatives as mayor of Newark to his work in leading bipartisan efforts in the Senate, including The Fair Chance Act (S. 2021) and The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S. 2123).

Register here.