MONTCLAIR, NJ - Students from Montclair High School will host a public panel discussion on December 14 on the Criminal Justice System. 

Organizers have stated that a conversation focused on mass-incarceration, police brutality, the role of private prison’s within our punitive system, and the role that class, race, and education play in incarceration. The discussion will touch on the content of the Ava DuVernay documentary, 13th, which is available for viewing on Netflix.  

The panel will take place at 7 PM on December 14th at 141 Park Street, in the George Innis Atrium of Montclair High School’s George Innis Annex. The event is open to the public.

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The Civics and Government Institute of Montclair High School is a small learning community which emphasizes the study of civic participation, government, and social issues on a national and global level.  Students within the Civics and Government Institute (CGI), participate in mock government, debate, bill writing, elections, and projects to enhance the Montclair community, all of which are directed by students. 

The 2016-2017 school year is the 20th anniversary of CGI.  To commemorate 20 years of dedication to civic engagement, students of the institute has initiated an advocacy campaign on Criminal Justice Reform.  The campaign will commence with a panel on the Criminal Justice System, specifically with a conversation on mass-incarceration, police brutality, the role of private prison’s within our punitive system, and the role that class, race, and education play in incarceration. The discussion will touch on the content of the Ava DuVernay documentary, 13th, which is available for viewing on Netflix.  

The panel will be student moderated, and will open up for questions towards the end of the event. 

Speakers will include Nick Turner, the president of the Vera Institute of Justice, and Marc Mauer, Executive Director of the Sentencing Project.  Both appear in the documentary, 13th.  On the panel as well are Deputy Chief Wilhelm B. Young of the Montclair Police Department and Portia Allen-Kyle, the Pratt Criminal Justice Transparency Fellow at the ACLU-New Jersey.