One Book, One Philadelphia @ HTFL – Mass Incarceration: A Conversation

Event Details

As part of our One Book, One Philadelphia @ HTFL programs, we will host a discussion about criminal justice reform and mass incarceration.  Themes in this year’s One Book, One Philadelphia selection Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward touch on the topic of mass incarceration.

Join us for a conversation with Nyssa Taylor, Criminal Justice Policy Council for the ACLU of Pennsylvania.  Ms. Taylor will discuss criminal justice reform and mass incarceration in America.

Nyssa Taylor joined the ACLU-PA in 2017 as the organization’s criminal justice policy counsel. She served as an assistant public defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia from 2005 until 2016. At the Defender Association, she engaged in strategic litigation focused on criminal justice reform and was responsible for the appellate briefs that overturned Pennsylvania’s long-time ban on expert witnesses in identification cases. In 2013, the Defender Association awarded Nyssa the Clarence Earl Gideon Award for Outstanding Service and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers awarded her the Bernard L. Siegel Memorial Award for Service. In addition, Nyssa taught trial skills for three years at Temple University, Beasley School of Law, as a trial team coach and adjunct professor. Ms. Taylor earned her Juris Doctor from Temple University, Beasley School of Law in 2005 and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Swarthmore College in 2000. (Philadelphia)

The program is free and open to the public.  No registration necessary.

Ages: Adults
Presented By: Nyssa Taylor – ACLU of PA
Cost: Free
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