The DPOE Presents:
DRUG SENTENCING: IS IT TIME FOR CHANGE?
Tuesday, May 20, 7:00-8:30 pm
St. Paul's Church
The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and it has grown dramatically due to the War on Drugs. The cost of the prison industry is breaking the bank for many state governments. The high volume of persons with criminal records is having a huge impact on the Evanston community when those persons cannot find employment or get support services. Movement for change is beginning to take hold. The Democratic Party of Evanston is convening a panel to help voters understand this issue.
Panelists will provide different perspectives on the current state of federal and state drug sentencing laws, their impact on our community and the possibility of reform. We have lined up local community panelists who can speak to the effects of overly harsh sentencing on individuals, as well as panelists who can speak more to the current legal and policy issues. Cynthia Cornelius, an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Cabrini Green Legal Aid will moderate the panel.
Kathie Kane-Willis, Director of Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy, Roosevelt University
Professor Dan Coyne, Private Defense Attorney and Kent-IIT Law Professor
Susan Trieschmann, Owner and Executive Director, Curt's Cafe
Officer Loyce Spells, Executive Board Chair, Peaceable Cities Evanston
The church is between Dempster and Lake, Ridge and the
Metra train tracks. Accessible entrance is on Greenwood. Others can enter at the double doors on Maple.