VCW's Director Cary Brown and Commissioner Marybeth Redmond Featured in League of Women Voters' Speaker Series Panel

League of Women Voters Presents “The Impact of Incarceration: Women, Families, Society
Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 7 p.m.
Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Hayes Room, 135 Main Street, Montpelier

As has the nation's prison population, Vermont’s incarceration rate has grown dramatically in the last 40 years. The League of Women Voters, in partnership with Montpelier’s Kellogg-Hubbard Library, is pleased to present the first of its Criminal Justice in Vermont Speaker Series.

On Wednesday, October 9, three panelists will delve deep into a discussion of issues around women's incarceration: how it differs from men's;  its impact on families and children; and a correctional facility program which utilized writing as a tool for self-change.  The event features a reading from an anthology of the women's work.  Panelists include:

▪ Ashley Messier, Smart Justice Organizer for the ACLU of VT and a consultant for the Cabot Centennial Re-Entry Project. She is a passionate advocate, public speaker, and formerly incarcerated woman.

▪ Representative Marybeth Redmond,  who is helping to lead the Women’s Legislative Caucus in its advocacy for more transformative alternatives to incarceration for women.

▪ Kassie Tibbott, Coordinator of the Community Legal Information Center (CLIC), a research fellow for the Center for Justice Reform at Vermont Law School, a volunteer advocate at criminal record expungement clinics, and a Circles of Support and Accountability volunteer.

▪ Cary Brown, Executive Director of the Vermont Commission on Women, will moderate the discussion.

The program is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. Registration is encouraged, lwvofvt@gmail.com.