VCJR organizes educational forums around the state and participates in community events to raise awareness of criminal justice issues in Vermont.
- April 12, 10 a.m.-noon, Legislative Day at the State House in Montpelier. Come to share your experiences of Vermont's criminal justice system, hear updates of what bills are still in play and what you can do, and enjoy watching some instructive role-playing about how to talk to busy legislators. In Room 11; all welcome.
- March 1, Empathy Day; 1 p.m. press conference, Cedar Creek Room at the statehouse in Montpelier. VCJR joins with #cut50 in celebrating a national Day of Empathy as part of #cut50's national campaign to end mass incarceration in America. (#cut50 aims to cut the national prison population by 50% in ten years, now 2025.) At 1 p.m., VCJR will present its proposal for how to reduce Vt.'s prison population by 250 people--safely and quickly--so as to avoid entering into a new private prison contract July 1. Come for lunch at noon in the statehouse cafeteria, talk to your legislator, and join us at 1 for this event. All are welcome.
- Weds., Feb. 15, 7 p.m.: FREEDOM Café with the Everett Company
118 Elliot St, Brattleboro, Vt.
The FREEDOM PROJECT is the Everett Company’s newest dance-theater work that interweaves personal stories, evocative imagery, and athletic choreography in an examination of mass incarceration in America. Join us for the Freedom Café – an evening of dance and discussion with Everett and guests from the Greater Bellows Falls Community Justice Center, the Just Schools Project and Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform.
- Weds., Feb. 8, 5:30-7 p.m. “Mass Incarceration in Vermont,” Rutland Free Library, 10 Court St., Rutland, Vt. Co-sponsored by Turning Point Center, Rutland Unitarian Universalist Church. Join Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform for a critical and thoughtful re-examination of our criminal justice response. How does incarceration affect our communities? What are alternatives? Hear a basic overview of Vt.'s use of incarceration, read excerpts from letters written by Vermonters in prison, see brief video clips of those who've lived behind bars, and engage with an outstanding panel about our criminal justice system. Come away knowing what you can do to help.