Daily Statistics (May 17, 2022)
5,253 people in WV regional jails
4,327 people in WV state prisons
Jails are 23% over capacity
13% of the prison and jail population is Black

Leading for Justice: 2023 Criminal Justice Reform Summit


Led by those with lived experience, this one-of-a-kind, in-person conference will be a shared space to connect and create winning criminal justice reforms in West Virginia.

This groundbreaking gathering will culminate in a collective day of action at the state capitol. To join us, please register no later than December 15th.


Monday, JANUARY 9

Our evening conference kick-off includes a welcome dinner and story-telling training where all of us will share a little of our story.

All Monday events will take place at Saint John the XXIII Pastoral Center, located at 100 Hodges Rd, Charleston, WV 25314. You can call the Center at (304) 342-0507.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Conference and Room Check-in

5:00 – 5:15 p.m.


Lizzie Howard

5:15 – 6:15 p.m.

Sharing Your Story for Purpose

JoAnna Vance and Kenny Matthew

6:15 – 7:00 p.m.

Dinner (provided)

7:00 – 7:15 p.m.


7:15 – 9:00 p.m.

The Story of Our Why

Tuesday, JANUARY 10

The day will be chock full of opportunities to learn and connect, and will feature policy roundtables, citizen advocacy panel, media training, and issue breakouts on topics like harm reduction, restorative justice, trauma in the criminal legal system, ending the school to prison pipeline, and MORE! 

All Tuesday events will take place at Saint John the XXIII Pastoral Center, located at 100 Hodges Rd, Charleston, WV 25314. You can call the Center at (304) 342-0507.

8:30 a.m.

Breakfast (provided), Opening Session, and Policy Pitches

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Breakout Sessions – Round 1

Trauma and the Criminal System | Sara Whitaker

The School to Prison Pipeline | Eli Baumwell and Teresa McCune

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.


10:15 – 11:00 a.m.

Breakout Sessions – Round 2

Harm Reduction | Lill Prosperino 

Quick Response Teams | Danni Dineen

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.


1:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Panel: Citizen Advocacy & How to Have Effective Meetings with Legislators

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch (provided) and Policy Pitches

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions – Round 3

Restorative Justice: An Introduction | Reverend Ron English and Sister Rosie Hefner

Voting & Civic Engagement | Deb Ujevich and Yvonne Lee

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Group Photo

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

Break and Afternoon Snacks

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Policy Speed Dating

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Small Group Discussions

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Break and Optional Group Activities

Yoga | Laotong Yoga

Restorative Talking CircleReverend Ron English and Sister Rosie Hefner

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.



Announcement of Policy Pitch Winner

7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Storytelling Hour

Kyle Vass

Wednesday, JANUARY 11

Time to say goodbye to John XXIII, and head to the Capitol Complex for a day of legislative meetings.

Together we will advocate for policy changes including:

  • Restored voting rights for people on probation and parole;
  • Expanded transitional housing for people leaving incarceration;
  • Automatic expungement for qualifying criminal records;
  • Ending re-incarceration for technical violations and;
  • Increased community diversion to mental health care and treatment for substance use disorder.

Breakfast and lunch will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church near the Capitol.

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Legislative Breakfast at Trinity Lutheran Church

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Day of Action at the Capitol Complex

  • Guided Tour & Introduction to the Legislative Process
  • Group Photo on House Floor
  • Legislative Meetings and Working the Halls

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch (provided) and Closing at Trinity Lutheran Church

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