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EQUITY AND INEQUALITY IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

A Book and Speaker Series 

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In the Fall semester (2022-2023), Ohio University faculty, students, and the surrounding community are invited to meet throughout the semester to investigate social justice issues of equity and inequity in the criminal justice system. 

This project includes a book discussion group, film screening, speakers and panelists, and the collecting of stories for the Story Box.  Students are engaged as organizers and facilitators, as well as participants and volunteers.

The project uses the book: The Sun Does Shine: How I found Freedom on Death Row (2018) by Anthony Ray Hinton as an anchor text to invite deeper conversations around issues surrounding diversity, equity, and justice. 

Social Justice activities run from September 12 through November 15.

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Anthony Ray Hinton

Activist, Best-Selling Author, The Sun Does Shine

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    Featured Speaker


    Tuesday, October 4, 2022 | 7 PM | Wagner Theatre

    Anthony Ray Hinton survived for 30 years on Alabama's death row. His story is a decades-long journey to exoneration and freedom. In 1985, Mr. Hinton was convicted of the unsolved murders of two fast-food restaurant managers based on the testimony of ballistics experts for the State who claimed that the crime bullets came from a dusty revolver found in Mr. Hinton's mother’s closet. Without the benefit of a competent expert to challenge the State’s theory (Mr. Hinton’s lawyer hired a ballistics expert who was blind in one eye), an all-white jury convicted Mr. Hinton and he was sentenced to death. After years of petitioning to have the revolver re-analyzed, three independent experts concluded that the bullets could not have been fired from his mother’s revolver. With the assistance of the Equal Justice Initiative, led by attorney Bryan Stevenson, Mr. Hinton was freed in 2015. Since his release, Mr. Hinton has traveled the world sharing his story and discussing the changes that need to be made to prevent similar injustices from happening to other people. In 2018, Mr. Hinton published The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row, which was selected for Oprah’s Book Club and is a New York Times bestseller. In 2019, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from St. Bonaventure University.

    MORE ABOUT ANTHONY RAY HINTON

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SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS

(September 12 through November 15)

Discussion

Table Talk Book Discussion Meetings


Date:
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Times: 
3 pm to 4 pm | Leaders: Judy Carey Nevin, Lisa Tylor, Daniel Kline, Mark Nevin, Pamela Kaylor, and Phyllis Lanier

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm | Leaders: Paul Abraham, Matt Wanat, Lea Carrigan, Becky Schaade, and Kevin Cordi

Place: Wilkes Art Gallery

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No reservation required

Join us for a table talk book discussion meeting centered around The Sun Does Shine. We will investigate social justice issues of equity and inequity in the criminal justice system.

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Discussion

Book Discussion Virtual Session


Dates:
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Times: 
6 pm to 7 pm

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Please Join us for a regional campus book discussion virtual discussion centered around The Sun Does Shine. We will investigate social justice issues of equity and inequity in the criminal justice system.

REGISTER HERE

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Anthony Ray Hinton


Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 

Time: 7 p.m.

Place: 
Ohio University Lancaster
1570 Granville Pike
Lancaster, OH  43130
Wagner Theatre | Brasee Hall

Format: 
In-person - OHIO Lancaster -OR-
Live Streaming - Zoom

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Anthony Ray Hinton is the author of "The Sun Does Shine: How I found Freedom on Death Row" (2018) which is being used as an anchor text to invite deeper conversations around issues surrounding diversity, equity, and justice.

There will be a book signing following the presentation.

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Jack

Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr. + Panel


Date: 
Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Time: 7 p.m.

Place: 
Ohio University Lancaster
1570 Granville Pike
Lancaster, OH  43130
Wagner Theatre | Brasee Hall

Format: 
In-person - OHIO Lancaster -OR-
Live Streaming - Zoom

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Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr., Executive Director of the Ohio Council of Churches, will address the death penalty.  

Following the presentation, a panel will present solution-based programs in the criminal justice system with a Q & A at the conclusion. Panelists include: Ronette Burkes and Keith Tremblay.

Ronette Burkes has 22 years of service with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and has served in various capacities including more recently as Warden, Regional Director of Specialty Prisons and currently as the Deputy Director of Reentry. 

Keith Tremblay is a behavioral health specialist for Fairfield County Juvenile Court.  He works with youth and families involved within this system.

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Marysville

Tour of Marysville Prison


Date: 
Thursday, November 3, 2022

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Student Ambassadors will tour the prison and spend time with women who are incarcerated in Marysville Correctional Institutions to explore rehabilitation and incarceration.

This activity is not open to the public – no registration.

Seats

"Seats at the Table" Film Screening


Date: 
Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Time: TBD

Location: Brasee Hall | Room 211

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Join us for a special movie screening of “Seats at the Table”.  This feature documentary film by Chris Farina (Rosalia Films) portrays a remarkable college class which connects university students with prisoners of a maximum security juvenile facility as they discuss classic works of Russian Literature.

No registration required.

The Story Box Project


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The Story Box Drop Off Locations:


Hannah V. McCauley Library, OHIO Lancaster, 1570 Granville Pike, Lancaster, Ohio 43130 -or- cordi@ohio.edu

Fairfield County District Library, 219 North Broad Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130 -or- fcdref@fcdlibrary.org

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Students will collect stories, reflections, and action plans at each event and the stories will be shared wherever it travels.  It is more than a place to store these items, instead it is a launching place to encourage additional stories and ideas each time it travels.  It will travel to regional campuses, and other places such as a correctional intuition, schools, and more. Each story from the Story Box locations will be read, shared and invitations to add to the box will be granted.  As it travels or is brought to a new event, more stories are added.

Interested in participating? 

We welcome faculty, staff, administrators, students, and the community to be a part of this initiative. 

Do you have a story of social justice that you would like to include in the StoryBox? 

STORYBOX SUBMISSION

Sponsored in part by a stewardship grant from the Office of Undergraduate Experiential Learning

 


Yarn

Social Justice Service Project


Are you interested in helping with outreach to people who are currently incarcerated? 

As a component of The Social Justice Project, we will be collecting yarn (any kind or color), thread, batting, and poster boards (large) for prisoners at Marysville to use in the creation of their community stitching post projects. 

We will have a box in the north lobby of Brasee Hall on the OHIO Lancaster campus to drop off any of those items to be delivered to the prison when our ambassadors go for their visit. 

These items will be collected through November 2. 

Thank you for your consideration!

 


 

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