Some of the foremost advocates, policymakers and legal minds in the region came together to tackle the issue of mass incarceration and the need for substantial criminal justice reform in the state of Arkansas during the inaugural Law and Justice Summit hosted by the Social Justice Institute at Philander Smith College on Thursday, March 15th.
The room full of attendees, which included local organizers, policy makers, business leaders, PSC students and concerned citizens, heard key presentations highlighting viewpoints on some of the most pressing issues, as well as participated in a discussion panel on criminal justice reform. Prominent political and social justice advocates featured during the event include Dr. LaVerne Bell-Tolliver of the UALR Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity, Brittany White of Faith in Texas and Attorney Omavi Shukur. Speakers analyzed how equitable policy-making, engaging directly-impacted individuals and significant community investment strategies can build strong and healthy communities.
Learn more about the reimagined Social Justice Institute at rethinksocialjustice.org.