A TIME TO TALK | Dignity

Dignity in the court. Dignity in re-entry. Dignity for the family.

November 6, 2019, 1 PM- 6 pm

“We cannot be full, evolved human beings until we care about human rights and basic dignity.” - Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative

Can you imagine a justice system where everyone is treated with dignity as their case is heard? A system that hears and respects the concerns of their families, and those re-entering society? Let’s talk about it.


The CT Collaborative on Poverty, Criminal Justice and Race will be joined by representatives from Equal Justice Initiative and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at UCONN to bring you a discussion on the importance of dignity in our criminal justice system and exploring what action steps we can take to infuse dignity into the system and return it to the individuals and families affected. Please come to talk, learn and share innovative solutions.

The event will take place on Wednesday, November 6th at Capital Community College in the Centinel Hill Hall Auditorium from 1:00 to 6:00 pm.  Registration is only $10, and both lunch and dinner are provided.  Sign up now at to save your spot.

Note that on the following day, November 7th, Mr. Bryan Stevenson from the Equal Justice Initiative will be awarded the 2019 Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights. If you are interested in attending the award ceremony and hearing Mr. Stevenson speak, you can RSVP for that event as well.


a dialogue about poverty, criminal justice and race

Chrysalis Center  •  November 17, 2018

In 2018, criminal justice reform advocates in Connecticut sought to spark a larger conversation regarding the role race and poverty play in experience with the justice system. A community dialogue (the very first A Time to Talk event) took place in Hartford on November 17th that included a panel discussion featuring Peter Edelman, author of Not a Crime to Be Poor. Guests at the Hartford event watched the Equal Justice Initiative video “From Slavery to Mass Incarceration” and were engaged in a conversation that lifted awareness of implicit bias and how it impacts decision making for the poor and people of color.  All attendees were asked to commit to help bring about change.  The Collaborative aims to inspire similar conversations throughout the state, including the November 6, 2019 event detailed above.


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