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Reimagining Family Justice

On June 17th, Louisville Family Justice Advocates, ACLU-KY and The Bail Project-Louisville created a Virtual Forum centering on author and journalist, Sylvia A. Harvey’s important new book. The Shadow System: Mass Incarceration and the American Family. The Forum, integrated a keynote from Harvey, first-hand stories from Christina Walker and LeTonya McNeal, two courageous mothers featured in the book, State Representative Attica Scott, and Amanda Hall, ACLU-KY Policy Strategist. This powerful combination inspired participants to reimagine family justice and consider what it means in our community.

Kentucky’s History of Confining African American Women Matters Now

Historian Charlene J. Fletcher is a scholar focusing on black women’s history in Kentucky, a survivor of domestic abuse, and an advocate for social change. Her powerful presentation, combining experience, activism, and research, demonstrated the importance of lived experiences in transforming our criminal justice systems.

Justice, Health and Hope in Two Kentucky Communities: Berea and Louisville

Louisville Family Justice Advocates and Partners for Education, Berea College gathered for our third of four collaborative learning exchanges. Participants included teams from Louisville and Berea who work in health, criminal justice and the arts. Some have direct experience with the impact of incarceration. All are committed to connecting our home communities across the rural/urban divide in our state.

Artmaking for Family Justice: A New Resource

Sewing Card Created for Visitors Lobby of Louisville Metro JailMichelle Amos, Artist By Judi Jennings, Special Project Director The Special Project Team is happy to provide this FREE resource for strengthening protective factors and resilience for children and youth with incarcerated loved ones! The artmaking leaders use these 12 activities, along with Sesame Street resources,… Continue reading Artmaking for Family Justice: A New Resource

How Having an Incarcerated Parent Harms Children’s Health and What You Can Do About It

Kentucky has the second highest rate (15%) in the nation of children who have had an incarcerated parent. This rate is nearly double the national rate of 8%. Having an incarcerated parent is an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE), a form of trauma. This trauma can lead to toxic stress, which can harm health. For example,… Continue reading How Having an Incarcerated Parent Harms Children’s Health and What You Can Do About It