If you are formerly incarcerated,
you are invited to attend the conference for free by contacting us at prism@ladiocese.org.


 

Reimagining Justice in the Age of Mass Incarceration

A conference sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and Prism Restorative Justice

Mass incarceration ranks high among the injustices of our day, splitting families and communities, perpetuating racism, and failing to deliver the very thing it promises: justice. What does true justice look like in our current context? This conference will study that question from a multifaceted perspective, looking at diverse approaches to justice, including: 

• legislative solutions, both to help reduce the number of people behind bars and to improve conditions for those returning to freedom after incarceration

• models for providing compassionate care for those who are incarcerated 

• re-entry programs to help formerly-incarcerated people rebuild their lives

• restorative justice programs that look beyond punishment for a fuller picture of justice

Prioritizing the voices of formerly incarcerated people, those working on the front lines, and those whose ideas challenge our preconceptions of what criminal justice looks like, this conference will bring new perspectives for those who have long been working against mass incarceration and for those new to the struggle.

Tentative Conference Schedule

 
 

Featured Presenters

 
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Father Greg Boyle, s.j.

The Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world.

Father Boyle is the author of the New York Times-bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, which was named one of the Best Books of 2010 by Publishers Weekly and received the PEN Center USA 2011 Creative Nonfiction Award. READ MORE

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Sister Helen prejean, c.s.j

Sister Helen began her prison ministry in 1981 when she dedicated her life to the poor of New Orleans. While living in the St. Thomas housing project, she became pen pals with Patrick Sonnier, the convicted killer of two teenagers, sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisiana’s Angola State Prison.
Upon Sonnier’s request, Sister Helen repeatedly visited him as his spiritual adviser. In doing so, her eyes were opened to the Louisiana execution process. Sister Helen turned her experiences into the book, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States. READ MORE

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vIJAY gUPTA & STREET SYMPHONY

Today, Skid Row is the epicenter of the homeless capital of the United States. Nearly 20,000 people may sleep on the streets of downtown Los Angeles on any given night. Los Angeles County jails are the largest in America, and are effectively the largest in-patient mental health centers in the world. These communities comprise the audiences of Street Symphony. READ MORE

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THE ACTOR'S GANG

The Actors‘ Gang Prison Project started in 2006 in response to Caifornia’s huge recidivism rate and excessive overcrowding. They conduct weekly and seven-day intensive programs inside the California prison system, a weekly re-entry program in the community, as well as a program in juvenile facilities, and soon to be a program designed for correctional officers. READ MORE

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FORMERLY INCARCERATED

Throughout the conference, you will have the opportunity to hear from formerly incarcerated via our panel discussions.

 
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Conference venue

The conference will be held at All Saints Church, Pasadena.

132 N. Euclid Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101

Click here for directions

parking

There is limited parking in the church parking lot.

There are several lots near the church, most of which will cost around $15. If you are staying at the Fuller Guest Center, you can leave your car there and walk to the church.

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fuller guest center

We recommend Fuller Guest Center for your overnight stay. Located within walking distance of All Saints (0.6 miles), the accommodations are very nice and reasonably priced.

Click here to start the registration process.

To help make your reservation process smoother, put PRISM on the form where it says "How did you hear about us". You will need to call with a credit card to confirm their reservation.

westin hotel

If you would like to stay closer to the conference venue, the Westin Hotel sits adjacent to All Saints at:

191 N Los Robles Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
626-792-2727

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