Criminal Justice Reform
The latest Westminster Town Hall Forum looked at where we stand two years since George Floyd’s murder and was moderated by our Chief Impact Officer and Senior Vice President, Chanda Smith Baker.See Resource
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We are committed to dismantling the pervasive racial inequities of our society’s criminal legal system. Explore the ways we are pursuing justice, equity, and healing.
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Cherise Fanno Burdeen, the CEO of the Pretrial Justice Institute, has spent more than 20 years working to improve public safety policies and practices around the country. Chanda and Cherise talk about how the time is ripe to reform our nation’s pretrial practices.Listen
Dr. Yusef Salaam was just 15-years-old when he, along with four others, was wrongfully convicted in the 1989 Central Park jogger case. He spent nearly seven years in prison. Chanda sat down with Yusef for a one-on-one conversation about the power of owning your narrative, the scars of lost time, and how to get up and move forward after being knocked down.Listen
10 years ago, Wanda Johnson’s son, Oscar Grant, was fatally shot by a police officer at a BART station in Oakland, California. Since his tragic death, Wanda has been fighting for police reform to ensure that all police officers are properly trained. Together with Ron Davis, she has been working to help bridge the gap between police and community.Listen
In 2019, the Minneapolis Foundation hosted a talk by Dr. Yusef Salaam, one of the Exonerated Five in the notorious Central Park jogger case. He was joined by a panel of Minnesota's top law enforcement officials, including Attorney General Keith Ellison, Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington, and Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo.Watch Video
As one of the Central Park Five, Dr. Yusef Salaam spent nearly seven years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. His story has re-entered national conversation as Ava DuVernay’s new Netflix miniseries tells the story of this important and controversial case. At this live morning event, Chanda and Yusef sat down to talk about his story, his thoughts about the criminal justice system, and his hopes for the future.Listen
Valerie Castile was thrown into the national spotlight after her son, Philando Castile, was shot and killed by a police officer. Now the CEO and President of the Philando Castile Relief Foundation, Valerie talks to Chanda about how she’s channeling her grief into good, her approach to philanthropy, and keeping her son’s legacy alive.Listen