2017 Fall Adult Forum - Mass Incarceration



Christian Responses to Crime and Punishment | September 10, 2017–January 7, 2018

Fall Series on Mass Incarceration and Criminal Justice Reform

Sundays, 10:00 to 10:50 a.m.
St. Chrysostom's Episcopal Church, 1424 North Dearborn Parkway (Second Floor)
Complimentary valet parking available in front of the church

This fall St. Chrysostom’s Adult Forum features distinguished speakers on the history and causes of mass incarceration in our country: on the harm it has caused especially in African-American communities, and on some of the efforts to improve the criminal justice that are now underway in Illinois and elsewhere.

Presentations and conversations will be rooted deeply in the spirituality of justice and mercy as embodied in Jesus’ life and ministry—and in the Anglican interpretive model which draws on Scripture, tradition, and reason. We will be asking all of our speakers to help us understand what we as a Christian community can do to promote the reforms needed to achieve a more just and effective criminal justice system. This program is the first phase of a year-long focus on how we as a Christian community can make a difference with these pressing issues in our city and country. 

September 10 | 10:00 a.m. Guild Room
The Rev. Al Sharp, Executive Director of Clergy for a New Drug Policy and former Interim Executive Director of Community Renewal Society
Introduction: How our system of incarceration has developed and some key issues

> CLICK TO VIEW A VIDEO of Rev. Sharp's full presentation.

September 17 | 10:00 a.m. Guild Room
Jahmal Cole, Executive Director, My Block, My Hood, My City 
Broadening Horizons of Chicago Youth: Using city-wide explorations to lift teens out of the cycle of poverty and imprisonment

> CLICK TO VIEW A VIDEO of Jahmal Cole's full presentation

Wednesday, September 20 | 6:30 p.m. Guild Room | Film with Salad & Pizza

All are invited to view the important Netflix documentary “13th” about the political, legal and administrative developments over the past 50 years that led to our current system of mass incarceration.

> CLICK for more information and a link to watch "13th" on Netflix.  

September 24 | 10:00 a.m. Guild Room
Amy Thompson, Deputy Cook County Public Defender
The System: How the criminal justice system works and barriers to reducing incarceration 

> CLICK TO VIEW A VIDEO of Amy Thompson's talk

October 1 | 10:00 a.m. Guild Room 
Courtney Lance Morakalis, author of Pruno, Ramen, and a Side of Hope: Stories of Surviving Wrongful Conviction 
Wrongful Conviction
> CLICK TO VIEW A VIDEO of Courtney Lance Morakallis' talk

October 8 Chicago Marathon—No Forum

October 15 | 10:00 a.m. Guild Room
Andrea J. Ritchie, civil rights attorney and author of Invisible No More. Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color 
Women & LGBT Persons: The special problems with the treatment of women and LGBT people in the criminal justice system

> CLICK TO VIEW A VIDEO of Andrea Ritchie's talk

October 22 | 10:00 Guild Room
The Very Rev. Andrew McGowan, Dean of the Berkeley Divinity School, Yale University
Beyond Prayer: How faith communities engage with integrity and impact 

> CLICK TO VIEW A VIDEO of Dean McGowan's talk
CLICK TO VIEW THE TEXT of Dean McGowan's sermon, "Rendering to Caesar: Citizenship After Christendom"

October 29 | 10:00 a.m. Guild Room
Dr. David Olson, Professor of Criminal Justice & Criminology, Loyola University
Who Pays: The real costs of excessive criminalization and excessive incarceration

> CLICK TO VIEW A VIDEO of David Olson's talk

November 05 | 10:00 a.m. Guild Room
Pam Rodriquez, President and CEO, Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities
Diversion: Adult and juvenile alternatives to incarceration

> CLICK TO VIEW A VIDEO of Pam Rodriguez's talk

November 12 | 10:00 a.m. Guild Room
Paula Wolff, Director of the Illinois Justice Project
Criminal Justice Reform, A Historical Perspective

> CLICK TO VIEW A VIDEO of Paula Wolff's talk

November 19 | 10:00 a.m. Guild Room
Toni Preckwinkle, President, Cook County Board
County Reform Initiatives: Progress and next steps

> CLICK TO VIEW A VIDEO of Toni Preckwinkle's talk

November 26 | 10:00 a.m. Guild Room
Nate Steinfeld, Research Director, Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council 
Illinois Reform Initiatives: Proposals, Actions and Practical Implications
> CLICK TO VIEW A VIDEO of Nate Steinfeld's talk

December 3 | 10:00 a.m. Guild Room 
Mark Ishaug, CEO, and Jill Valbuena, Justice Program Director, Thresholds
Who: Who is in prison and what affect does imprisonment have on them, with a focus on mental health issues

> CLICK TO VIEW A VIDEO of the presentation given by Mark Ishaug and Jill Valbuena

December 10 | 10:00 a.m. Guild Room
Ben Ruddell, Director of the Criminal Justice Program of the ACLU – Illinois Chapter
Reentry After Release From Prison and Pending Criminal Justice Reform Legislation

> CLICK TO VIEW A VIDEO of Ben Ruddell's talk

December 17 | 10:00 a.m. Guild Room
The Rev. Al Sharp, Executive Director of Clergy for a New Drug Policy and former Interim Executive Director of Community Renewal Society
Lessons Learned & Next Steps: Review of the discussions to date and of ways we can get involved in helping to interrupt the race to incarcerate and to improve the process of release and reentry 

January 7, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. Guild Room
Erwin Mayer, Executive Director St. Leonard’s Ministries, a ministry of Episcopal Charities 
Release and Reentry—Issues facing those who leave prison and an introduction to the residential, case management and employment services of St. Leonard’s Ministries for those released from prison without the resources needed to rebuild their lives. 

> CLICK TO VIEW A VIDEO of Erwin Mayer's talk