Redemption Over Revenge
Criminal Justice Reform Summit
Poverty and the Criminal Justice System
January 27–30, 2021
We’re excited to welcome you to the state-wide (virtual) summit on criminal justice reform in West Virginia!
There is growing consensus in West Virginia that our criminal justice system fails to create the conditions necessary for rehabilitation and healing.
West Virginia’s system was designed to punish, and it does so at significant expense to taxpayers and society as a whole.
The West Virginia Criminal Law Reform Coalition is made up of organizations and people directly impacted who are working to reduce our reliance on incarceration and law enforcement in West Virginia. We work at the community and state levels to influence and enact policy that will break the school-to-prison pipeline, end the over policing of communities of color, stop the predatory practice of cash bail, confront the criminalization of poverty, and more.
Our member organizations join this fight for a variety of reasons. Some are called by our faith to oppose cruel systems of punishment. Some of us are concerned that our tax dollars should not be so heavily invested in a system that reduces people’s earning potential. Many see the horrible impact that this system has on children. Others see this system, which disproportionately targets Black people and other people of color, as one of the most blatant examples of systemic racism in our country.
No matter what motivates us, we are in this fight together for a more just future in the Mountain State.
Learn about WV Criminal Law Reform Coalition and the issues we fight for
The following op-ed appeared in the Charleston Gazette-Mail on March 3: For the past several......
West Virginia has an incarceration crisis. Our jails and prisons have long been dangerously overcrowded......