ACLU OF HAWAI‘I HOSTS FREE “SMART JUSTICE” TALK STORY EVENT IN WAILUKU OCTOBER 10

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Honolulu, Hawai‘i: As part of its Smart Justice campaign, the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i (ACLU of Hawai‘i) will host a free talk story event at Maui Coffee Attic (59 Kanoa Street) in Wailuku, Maui on Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Open to the public, the evening will be an open conversation about the current landscape of civil rights and the criminal justice system in Hawai‘i. It is part of a series of free talk stories that the ACLU of Hawai‘i is organizing across the state.

The discussion will touch on some of the ACLU’s recent work in the legislature and the Campaign for Smart Justice initiative. More importantly, the event will seek the public’s input on civil rights concerns in their community and where they want to see change.

Hawai‘i is one of many states actively participating in the nationwide ACLU Smart Justice campaign, which focuses on addressing systemic racial inequalities in the criminal legal system while reducing incarceration rates by 50 percent. The campaign aims to increase public safety by being smart on crime, not just tough on crime.

ACLU of Hawai‘i Smart Justice Campaign Director Monica Espitia, who will lead the discussion, said: “Following the Maui jail riots from earlier this year, now is a critical time to sit down with the Maui community and discuss the future of our jails and prisons, how mass incarceration is affecting us in our own backyard, as well as our vision of criminal justice reform. Hawaii’s current prices and practices around mass incarceration are not increasing public safety, and may even be setting us back.”

Guests can RSVP here. Food and refreshments will be available.

RSVP link: https://go.peoplepower.org/event/action/20530

This event is ADA-accessible. For more information or to request special accommodation, email mespitia@acluhawaii.org or call 808-522-5906.

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