Allentown: The Heart of Justice: Breaking the Cycle of Fear, Violence, Punishment, Retaliation

Decarcerate PA will be participating inthis event sponsored by the Lehigh County Conference of Churches.  Decarcerate's own Hakim Ali will be delivering the keynote in the morning, and a crew of us from Decarcerate PA will be there to talk about our work and how to get involved.  for more info on the conference, see


Saturday, November 9, 2013
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Sacred Heart Hospital
421 Chew Street
Allentown, PA 18102

The Heart of Justice: Breaking the Cycle of
Fear, Violence, Punishment, Retaliation

Our fall workshop will focus on the high cost (human and financial) of our current criminal justice system, and alternatives that could benefit everyone.

Why does the United States, with about 5% of the world's population, have 25% of the world's prisoners? Why are people of color and people in poverty vastly over-represented in jails and prisons and on death row? (Hint: It's not because they have higher crime rates than everyone else.) While many states have finally begun to reduce their prison populations, Pennsylvania continues to build new prisons and increase corrections spending while cutting budgets for public schools and other human services.

Our program will include an overview of our "Prison Industrial Complex", first-hand stories from people who have been abused by the system, and examples of alternatives to the current dysfunctional system of incarceration and punishment. (Note that Pennsylvania and Lehigh County have instituted some creative new programs in recent years, but overall the system is still broken.)

We will also look at new initiatives in Lehigh Valley schools and communities to teach non-violent conflict resolution that will ultimately help to alleviate violent confrontation.

The workshop will also provide resources for engagement in restorative ministries and extending the conversation to church and community groups.

Look for more program updates here during October.

* Also, see Program, Schedule, Speakers, and Resourcespages for more details.


Continental breakfast and lunch are included -- (suggested donation: $5)
(students or unemployed:   free, or what you can afford)
Space is limited. Please pre-register by November 6.
Go to our Web Registration Form or contact us at 610-433-6421 or for further information or registration by phone.
Also see Directions and Parking information. Parking validation for both the 5th Street Parking Garage and the Chew Street Parking Garage will be available at the event registration table.


This gathering is sponsored by the Lehigh County Conference of Churches, Justice and Advocacy Committee, and Lehigh Valley partner organizations. Participating organizations include: