Upcoming Events

Fall 2023 Events

Thursday, October 12

A Community Forum on Restorative Justice

Restorative justice is an approach to justice that focuses on repairing harm. It asks: who has been hurt, what are their needs, and whose obligation is it to meet those needs?

Come join us for an evening dedicated to Restorative Justice, featuring three conversations among local experts and practitioners of restorative justice. We will focus on how restorative justice combats the school-to-prison pipeline, efforts to implement restorative practices in the criminal legal system on both the state and federal levels, and how returning citizens are affected. We invite all members of the community to participate. Dinner will be served. 

Those without a Yale ID must register in advance to ensure quick and easy entrance into the law school. 

The full agenda with locations and panelist information can be found at: Community Forum Agenda.

Friday, October 20 – Saturday, October 21

Restorative Justice Training

Being trained in restorative justice principles is an important step away from punishment and towards repair. This October, we will host a 9-hour RJ training over two days. Participants will deepen their knowledge of restorative practices and how to use them to address harm.


Latoya Fernandez — Educator and Community Advocate
Maria Sommer — Mitigation Specialist, CT Office of the Federal Public Defender

If you are interested in participating in the training, contact us at racial.justice@yale.edu

Tuesday, October 24

Book Talk: Mass Supervision

Join us and the Justice Collaboratory for a lunchtime conversation with Vincent Schiraldi, author of Mass Supervision: Probation, Parole, and the Illusion of Safety and Freedom. He explores how probation and parole have become recidivism traps instead of the alternatives to prison they were supposed to be. This event will be held in the Sterling Law Building (127 Wall Street), Room 120 from 12:10-2:00pm. Lunch will be served. Please register for the event here.

Monday, November 6

Book Talk: Shielded

Come join us as we explore Shielded: How the Police Became Untouchable with author and law professor, Joanna Schwartz. In her book, Schwartz exposed the many ways police abuse their power and are then shielded from accountability. In conversation with Joanna Schwartz will be Access to Law School fellow and member of the Hamden Police Commission (an oversight board), Daniel Dunn, as well as Co-founder of the Full Citizens Coalition, James Jeter. This event will be held in the Auditorium of 53 Wall Street from 5:30-7:00pm.

Monday, November 13

TIME CHANGE for WE GOT US NOW: 10 Million Children Inspired

Built by, led by, and about children and young adults with incarcerated parents, WE GOT US NOW is on a mission to ensure the well-being of this historically invisible group. Join us for their exciting and thought-provoking educational series, 10 Million Children Inspired. The event will include an educational panel and a Q&A session about WE GOT US NOW's mission to bring greater awareness to the children impacted by parental incarceration across the U.S. This event will be held in Room 122 of Baker Hall from 12:10-1:30pm. Lunch will be provided. If you can't make it in person, please join us via Zoom.