Celebrating the Voices of Justice

Saturday, July 14 at 3:00 pm
CityWell Church, Durham

You are invited to the Carolina Justice Policy Center’s Summer Fundraiser, featuring original works by local young poets telling true stories from the criminal justice system. With each poet, a local criminal justice advocate will also share a story from their work that moved them.  The event will raise young voices for criminal justice reform. It will delight and challenge and educate its audience. It will raise money that will go towards the fight for the rights of justice involved individuals. And most importantly, it will tell stories that must be told for us to realize what is at stake in criminal justice.

We educate and advocate for

ENDING THE DEATH PENALTY

Americans and North Carolinians are trending away from supporting the death penalty.  Across North Carolina, juries in capital cases are  opting for life in prison, instead of the death penalty. North Carolina juries are sending a consistent message that they prefer life sentences over death.

RAISING THE JUVENILE AGE

After years of advocating, North Carolina finally became the last state in the country to raise the juvenile age from 16 to 18.  But, the work is far from done.  The next phase in this fight is implementation.  Without proper planning and funding, North Carolina’s children are still at risk.

REDUCING THE USE OF PRISONS AND JAILS

More than 1 in every 100 adults in the United States was confined behind bars. Sentencing and correctional policies – not crime rates – are responsible for the U.S. acceleration in the number of persons locked up and under correctional supervision.

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