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Our Mission

Our mission is to bring the general public into contact with members of the legal community and advocacy groups in order to increase overall awareness of legal policy, and to facilitate discussion toward the reform of the criminal justice system.

Raising Public Awareness About Injustice and Restorative Solutions

The goal of this public education project is to increase overall awareness of legal policy and to facilitate discussion toward the reform of the criminal justice system.

Our public conferences, lectures, and informal dialogues are designed for students, members of the academic, faith, and legal communities, and the general public. They especially welcome crime victims, the formerly incarcerated, and their families. Scholarships are available for anyone who wishes to attend a conference but is unable to pay for the cost of registration, meals, and lodging.

The title In Our Name stems from the belief that public education about our nation's justice system is essential for the preservation of liberty and necessary to ensure accountability by all to the rule of law. Every time a warrant is issued, an investigation takes place, an arrest is made, an indictment is handed up, a plea entered, a trial conducted, a verdict reached, a sentence imposed, and a cell door slammed shut, it is done by our public officials. Thus, it is done "in our name" - in the name of each and every member of our society.