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National Council of Jewish Women Arizona – TOWARD JUST MERCY: A Look At Clemency in Arizona

January 13 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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“Clemency” ….. in the purest form of the word, it speaks to “mercy”. As faith leaders, we implore our elected and appointed officials to operate with a sense of mercy as they mete out judgment on those who are in prison. In Arizona, many are imprisoned for long periods of time for nonviolent crimes due to unjust laws. This must be corrected. Others, while their sentences may have been “legally correct” after decades and changed circumstances, they too deserve another examination and a move toward clemency.
We are honored to welcome an illustrious panel of people who live, work and care deeply about this issue every day:
Pastor Reginald Walton, Civic Engagement Chair, AACCC, who will frame the discussion from a biblical perspective
Cynthia Roseberry, Deputy Director for Policy, Justice Division, American Civil Liberties Union. During the Obama administration, she served as project manager of the historic Clemency Project 2014.
Lindsay Herf, Director at the Arizona Justice Project, whose organization has worked on some of the most challenging clemency cases in Arizona
Alice Marie Johnson, Keynote Speaker, criminal justice reform advocate, pardoned during the Trump Administration after serving years for drug crime
David Petersen, former Arizona State Senator who deeply cares about this issue.
Khalil Rushdan, Exoneree and Board Member who will moderate this conversation
On this 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. season of service, join us as we discuss how clemency is practiced in Arizona, and how advocates, family members and formerly incarcerated persons can help promote reform.
“Cowardice asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question: is it politic? Vanity asks the question: is it popular? But conscience asks the question: is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular- but one must take it simply because it is right.”
-Martin Luther King Jr. 1929-1968


January 13
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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National Council of Jewish Women Arizona