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Virginia Forward presents Criminal Justice Reform Forum + Discussion

November 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The United States spends nearly $300 billion annually to police communities and incarcerate 2.2 million people. The societal costs of incarceration—lost earnings, adverse health effects, and the damage to the families of the incarcerated—are estimated to cost the criminal justice system up to $1.2 trillion. And yet, the outcomes of this expense are only a marginal reduction in crime, reduced earnings for the convicted, and a high likelihood of formerly incarcerated individuals returning to prison.

Join us to discuss these facts, and how we must address this state of affairs going forward, to improve trust between police and citizens, to help people avoid a life of crime, and help reintegrate formerly incarcerated individuals into society.

Tickets are free, but if you would like to make a donation to the Region 10 Community Service Board, you may do so here.

Moderator: Dr. Heather Zelle, University of Virginia School of Law


  • Delegate Jay Jones
  • Commonwealth Attorney Parisa Deghani-Tafti

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Jim Hingeley, Albemarle County Commonwealth Attorney
  • Shawn Weneta, Policy Strategist, ACLU of Virginia
  • Jesse Crosson, Reform Advocate
  • Anna Mendez, The Haven
  • Kellen Squire, RN, Emergency Medicine

The forum will take place in the Swanson Room, the site of the trial of Gregory Swanson, the first African-American student admitted to the University of Virginia, who made a historic contribution to ending segregation in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


November 17
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Central Library, Swanson Case Room 125