Book Event with Maya Schenwar & Crystal Laura—Mon., March 7 in Evanston

prison reform

We’re proud to co-sponsor this event with Cabrini Green Legal Aid—in particular our friends at CLAIM, a program of CGLA.

Come join authors Maya Schenwar and Crystal T. Laura as they explore the impact of prison on their families and advocate for sweeping change to the criminal justice system. Schenwar will share her recent book Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better, and Laura will discuss her book Being Bad: My Baby Brother and the School-to-Prison Pipeline.

Unlocking America:
How to Change a Broken Prison System

Monday, March 7, 7 p.m.
Evanston Public Library, Community Meeting Room
1703 Orrington Ave. (map)

A Q&A will follow the readings, and copies of both books will be available to purchase courtesy of Bookends & Beginnings.

Everyone is welcome, but please register online or call (847) 448-8620 to guarantee your seat.  

Maya Schenwar is Editor-in-Chief of Truthout, an independent social justice news website. She has also written about the prison-industrial complex for The New York Times, The Guardian and Ms. Magazine. In addition, she was the recipient of a Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Chi Award and a Lannan Residency Fellowship for her writing on prisons.

Dr. Crystal T. Laura is an Assistant Professor of Education at Chicago State University and co-director of CSU’s Center of Urban Research and Education where she provides training to Chicago Public School teachers.


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