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No Rest for the Weary: The Fight for Statewide Criminal Justice Reform

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 1:30pm to Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 5:00pm PDT
Sacramento, CA
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The CA Criminal Justice Funders Group (CCJFG) is excited to host a two-day event exploring the current landscape of criminal justice reform, including upcoming legislation and ballot measures that both advance and impede the efforts of the movement to end mass incarceration.

Incredible strides have been made in recent years through legislation, ballot measures, and grassroots organizing that advance the rights and opportunities for people in prison, those returning home, and communities impacted by incarceration and policing. This year is no exception. There are currently numerous bills that would decrease the harmful effects of incarceration on impacted communities and increase opportunities for people to be released from custody. However, the criminal justice reform movement is also faced with challenges, including legislation that would halt early parole hearings for people incarcerated as youth, and ballot measures that seek to roll back recent wins.

Join us on Tuesday, May 21st from 1:30-4:30PM for two panel discussions featuring grassroots organizers, policymakers, advocates, and formerly incarcerated leaders discussing a range of issues including bail reform, the restoration of voting rights, police accountability, the death penalty moratorium, and life without parole. In addition to discussing legislation, we will hear about the grassroots organizing taking place on both sides of the prison walls that serves as the catalyst for these bills and ballot measures. We will end the day with a reception and opportunity to connect with funders across issue areas.

On Wednesday, May 22nd, CCJFG members are invited to to a presentation by Taina Vargas-Edmond, Founder and Executive Director of Initiate Justice on their organizing training program, Institute for Impacted Leaders. This presentation will be followed by a lunch conversation with Kelli Evans, Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary for Criminal Justice in the Office of the Governor and Dan Seeman, Deputy Cabinet Secretary in the Office of the Governor. This lunch meeting will consist of dialogue regarding Governor Newsom’s policies and stances criminal justice, law enforcement, and corrections. Location TBD.  We will conclude the day with legislative visits with elected officials. 

This event is planned in coordination with Philanthropy in the State Capitol, an event organized by Philanthropy California.

Speakers include:

  • Taina Vargas-Edmond, Initiate Justice

  • Natasha Minsker, Criminal Justice Consultant

  • Jay Jordan, Californians for Safety and Justice

  • Romarilyn Ralston, California Coalition for Women Prisoners

  • Michael Mendoza, Anti-Recidivism Coalition

  • Marc Philpart, Policy Link

  • Adnan Khan, Re:Store Justice

  • Lizzie Buchen, American Civil Liberties Union

  • Earlonne Woods, Abolish Three Strikes/ End Extreme Sentencing 

  • Anne Irwin, Smart Justice (Moderator)

  • Will Ing, The California Endowment (Moderator)

Hotel Room Block

We are happy to offer a hotel room block at the Sawyer Hotel, located at 500 J Street in Sacramento, for Philanthropy in the State Capitol. Check in is on May 21 and check out is May 22. Please use the following link to receive our group rate: Philanthropy in the State Capitol Room Block. The room block closes on April 30.

To book:

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2.      Click your preferred room type.

3.      You will see the “SoCal Grant Program” room block appear. Click the blue arrow.

4.      Complete your reservation info and click “Book Reservation."

You may also call in their reservation to 877-678-6255 and ask for the “SoCal Grant Program” Group Rate.

About the California Criminal Justice Funders Group

Founded in 2014, the California Criminal Justice Funders Group (CCJFG) is a network of institutional funders and individual donors who invest in a wide range of criminal justice reform efforts in California. As an active learning community, CCJFG members come together regularly to share information, learn from one another and from criminal justice advocates and thought-leaders, create partnerships, collaborate on specific efforts, and leverage our collective capacity on criminal justice issues to enhance our overall impact in the field. The CCJFG is committed to engaging new funders and partners and leverage new resources to strengthen the effectiveness of the criminal justice reform sector in California.

Target Audience

This event is open to members and non-member funders.