Understanding Criminal Justice Reform

THU, NOV 7, 2019 (1:18:35)

In light of the bipartisan support and passage of the federal First Step Act, three experts on race and public policy lead a conversation in the Meeting House on the present state and the future of criminal justice reform and mass incarceration.

+ BIO: Michael Curry, Esq.

Michael Curry, Esq. is the immediate past president of the Boston Branch of the NAACP (2011-2016). Mr. Curry has over twenty years of dedicated service to the NAACP on the city, state-area conference and national levels.

Mr. Curry serves as the Legislative Affairs Director & Senior Counsel at Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, which represents 49 health centers, serving over 800,000 patients. He also serves on the boards of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, the Massachusetts Non-profit Network, Kids Count Advisory Board, City of Boston’s Compensation Advisory Group, and Roxbury Community College. He has received numerous local and national leadership awards for leadership and advocacy.

+ BIO: Keeonna Harris

Keeonna Harris is the wife of a formerly incarcerated husband, mother of two boys and a Ph.D. Candidate at Arizona State University. She is also a PEN America Writing for Justice Fellow.

+ BIO: Dr. Khalil Muhammad

Khalil G. Muhammad is a professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and author of “The Condemnation of Blackness”.

Muhammad also served at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a Harlem-based branch of the New York Public Library system and one of the world’s leading research facilities dedicated to the history of the African diaspora. Prior to joining the Schomburg Center in 2011, Muhammad was an associate professor of history at Indiana University. Crain’s New York Business chose Muhammad as one of its 40 under Forty class of 2011 honorees. In 2012, he was also listed as #49 on the Root 100.

Follow him on Twitter: @khalilgmuhammad

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