Reforming Criminal Justice in America


EJI is pleased to release this complete video of Reforming Criminal Justice in America, which was recorded during our Peace and Justice Summit in Montgomery, Alabama, on April 27.

Anthony Ray Hinton spent nearly 30 years on Alabama’s death row for a crime he did not commit. A compelling speaker and author of the moving memoir, The Sun Does Shine, Mr. Hinton will speak with Piper Kerman, author of the bestselling Orange Is the New Black, which has become a popular television series about issues facing incarcerated women. Rounding out the discussion will be legendary lawyer and educator Steve Bright, who is the former director of the Southern Center for Human Rights and current Yale law professor and activist. Ending excessive punishment in America and the need for criminal justice reform will be discussed.

The two-day summit accompanied the grand opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, and featured talks, music, and panel discussions with national leaders.  A sampling of the summit reveals the broad range of presenters and performers who participated in two days of programming.

In response to growing demand, EJI is bringing these programs to a global audience by making the video recordings available online. The first release features a stirring speech delivered by Rev. William Barber on the first day of the summit, and was followed by Education in America: Race, Implicit Bias, and Protecting our ChildrenArt/Entertainment and Racial Identity; Changing How We Think About ActivismMass Incarceration: How Racial Inequality Shapes Criminal Justice; and Climate Change and Environmental Justice.

Please check back at for additional videos from the Peace and Justice Summit that will be released in the coming weeks.