Medium, the online writing platform, is hosting a series of Digital Town Hall Meetings focused on criminal justice reform. This will be Medium’s first attempt at this type of event. “Imagine a live-blogging event, but instead of hearing from only a couple journalists, anyone on the platform can ask questions and share their own expertise."
The first meeting, discussing why people of color are disproportionately represented in the federal prison system and why some police officers abuse their powers will be held in the morning and afternoon of March 9.
The first session, hosted by Nazgol Ghandnoosh of The Sentencing Project and Sakira Cook of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, will be from 1 to 3 p.m. EST.
The second session will be from 4 to 6 p.m. EST, and will include Aviva Shen from Think Progress, Simone Weichselbaum from The Marshall Project, Joanna Schwartz from UCLA School of Law, John Fisher of Those People, and Carl Tennenbaum, former sergeant of the San Francisco Police Department.
The second meeting will be held on March 10, and will also be broken into two sessions.
The first, from 1 to 3 p.m. EST, will examine the Sentencing Reform Act’s potential impact on mass incarceration. Hosts will include Jeremy Haile from The Sentencing Project, Michael Collins from Drug Policy Alliance, Diane Goldstein from LEAP, Jesselyn McCurdy from the ACLU, and Heather Rice-Minus from Prison Fellowship.
The second, from 4 to 6 p.m. EST, will feature Matt Mendoza from Addiction Unscripted, Sue Ellen Allen and Michael G. Santos of Earning Freedom, Seth Ferranti, Irving Schattner and Stanton Peele from The Influence, answering the question, “If we are calling addiction a disease, what kinds of alternatives can be used in lieu of prison?”