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…]