A Virtual Conversation with Emily Bazelon

Thank you to all who attended Fellowship Place’s Conversation with Emily Bazelon on Criminal Justice reform on May 13th. If you missed the event, please click here for a summary of the major discussion points. A recording of the event is available at https://youtu.be/DwvYgG9tmG0.

We all need to work together to build a stronger community where people from the black and brown communities, the poor, and individuals struggling with mental illness and substance abuse have equal access to education, employment, housing, and mental health treatment.

A Conversation with Emily Bazelon on Criminal Justice Reform

The need for criminal justice reform and how people of color and people living with mental illness have been failed by the courts and the prison system.

Thursday, May 13th 6:00PM – 8:00PM. Social check-in begins at 6:00 PM. Program begins promptly at 6:15 PM. This event is free and open to the public.

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Yale Office of New Haven Affairs

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Southern Connecticut State University

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In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Fellowship Place is hosting a virtual conversation on the need for criminal justice reform and how people of color and people living with mental illness have been failed by the courts and the prison system. African Americans are incarcerated in state prisons across the country at more than five times the rate of whites. More than one-third of inmates in state and federal prisons suffer from a mental illness. Emily Bazelon will lead a conversation about the disparities in the criminal justice system and the reforms that are urgently needed; she will be joined by a panel of formerly incarcerated individuals served by Fellowship Place.

About Emily Bazelon

Ms. Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine, the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School, and a co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, a popular weekly podcast. She is the author of two national bestsellers published by Penguin Random House: Charged, about the power of prosecutors, and Sticks and Stones, about how to prevent bullying. Charged won the 2020 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the current interest category and the Silver Gavel Book Award from the American Bar Association. Before joining the Times Magazine, Emily was a writer and editor for nine years at Slate. She is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.

About Fellowship Place

Fellowship Place’s mission is to serve adults living with mental illness by offering a full range of therapeutic support and rehabilitation services that promote independence, wellness, and a meaningful life. Open 365 days a year, our campus community serves over 800 people annually who are living with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression. Services include day programming, permanent supportive housing, vocational services, homeless engagement services, and support for individuals transitioning out of incarceration. Fellowship’s programs complement and enhance traditional psychiatric care provided in hospital and clinic settings.

Should you have any questions about the event, or sponsorship opportunities, please contact mholroyd@fellowshipplace.org