Humanists of MN welcomes Sarah Walker, founder of the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition, as guest speaker at our October chapter meeting. She will offer a historical and political perspective of mass imprisonment in the United States. The United States now holds 25% of the world’s prison population despite constituting 4.5% of the world’s population. Walker will offer an explanatory thesis of how the United States moved from a land of second chances to a state of perpetual punishment. In particular, the presentation will discuss mass imprisonment as it relates to Minnesota, describe local and national efforts for reform and offer suggestions to fix the state of “Broken Justice.”
Childcare is available from 10am-noon. Please indicate the age of your child (or children) you intend to bring when you RSVP so we can plan accordingly. Thanks!
Parking at Field School is available on site. Enter the small lot from 4th Ave. If it is filled, maneuver your car carefully around the yellow posts and the curb cut-out ramps to park in the adjacent playground. As usual, a luncheon will follow the presentation; watch for a separate meet-up notice to RSVP.
Ms. Walker served five years as the Chief Operating Officer at 180 Degrees, a local non-profit helping those caught in the criminal justice system turn their lives around. During her time there, she founded the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition. Walker is a graduate of Carleton College and is currently completing her doctorate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. She brings extensive research experience to issues of politics, inequality, criminal justice reform and the role of philanthropic organizations in setting interest group agendas.
Walker’s public policy work has received many accolades. She was the recipient of the 2010 Minnesota Council of Non-Profits Statewide Advocacy Award, 2010 Hennepin County Bar Association Advancing Justice Award, 2010 and 2011 winner of the Politics in Minnesota’s Leaders in Public Policy Award and 2012 Minnesota Associations for Children’s Mental Health’s Outstanding Service Award for her work in Juvenile Justice. Most recently, Walker served as a board member and public spokesperson for Minnesota United for all Families.