Leaders to discuss criminal justice reform in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Some big names are gathering together at a Wichita State event tonight with the goal of educating and discussing important legislation.

KSN spoke with organizers of the Criminal Justice Reform Symposium and the impact they hope to have on the community.

Organizers say the event has been in the works for several months.

According to the press release, the symposium will discuss ways to make the criminal justice system more just through action like changing criminal laws, ensuring due process in grand jury and protecting sixth amendment rights.

Also on the agenda is practicing evidence-based sentencing and removing government-imposed obstacles to opportunities for ex-offenders.

Organizers tell KSN they wanted the event to be diverse so they’ve included people from all ends of the spectrum.

Some speakers include Koch Industries, the ACLU, Sedgwick County District Attorney, Marc Bennett and former inmates.

The symposium is centered around education and discussion with the goal of community members sharing their own insights and changes they’d like to see.

Event organizers also say there will be several state representatives attending.

They hope to see this become an annual event that can be used to talk about what else needs to be done for criminal justice reform in the state of Kansas.

The symposium will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Beggs Ballroom at WSU’s Rhatigan Student Center.


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