Reforming Criminal Justice

November 10, 2016
St. Louis

Across the country, cities and states are making changes to the criminal justice system – from reforming mandatory minimum sentences and reducing pretrial incarceration to creating diversion programs and addressing racial disparities. In St. Louis, many officials and residents are calling for reform – and feeling the pressure of at-capacity jails, high incarceration rates and national scrutiny following the Department of Justice's report on racial biases in Ferguson's law enforcement system.

What options should St. Louis consider in facing these issues? How will new policies and procedures reshape the role of courts and jails? In this Next America forum, The Atlantic engaged with state and local leaders, law enforcement officials and community activists for a conversation on how emerging policies will affect safety and justice in St. Louis and in the country at large.

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  • Thursday, November 10
  • 2:30 p.m.WelcomeMargaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE; Vice President, The Atlantic
  • 2:35 p.m.St. Louis in the National SpotlightRepresentative Lacy Clay, (D-MO)
    With Ron Brownstein, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 3:00 p.m.The Elements of ChangeBeth Huebner, Professor of Criminology, University of Missouri–St. Louis
    Nancy McCarthy, Regional Administrator, Missouri Board of Probation and Parole, Department of Corrections
    Brendan Roediger, Associate Professor and Supervisor, Civil Litigation Clinic, St. Louis University School of Law  
    Qiana Williams, Resident, St. Louis County
    With Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, Staff Writer, The Atlantic
  • 3:35 p.m.The Nexus of Safety and Reform Part I: Voices from the CommunityState Representative Kimberly Gardner, (D-MO); St. Louis Circuit Attorney-Elect, City of St. Louis
    Michael-John Voss, Co-Founder and Director of Operations, Arch City Defenders
    Jamala Rogers, Founding Member, Organization for Black Struggle; Author, Ferguson is America
    With Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, Staff Writer, The Atlantic
  • 4:00 p.m.The Nexus of Safety and Reform Part II: Public SafetyRasheen Aldridge, 5th Ward Committeeman-Elect, City of St. Louis; Appointed Member, Ferguson Commission
    Colonel D. Samuel Dotson III, Chief of Police, City of St. Louis
    Mayor James Knowles III, City of Ferguson, MO
    With Ron Brownstein, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 4:25 p.m.ClosingMargaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE; Vice President, The Atlantic

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