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Join Us For Prisoner Rights' Advocacy Day!

Tuesday, February 28, 9 am - 2 pm 

Lowe House Office Building, Room 406 

6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401

 Register by clicking here

 This is your day to meet with legislators to ask for their support to:

  • restrict solitary confinement (restrictive housing) and set up a Working Group with access to prison visits and data (SB1015 and HB1001) See some talking points!
  • remove the Governor from the parole process for lifers eligible for parole - de-politicize the process! (SB694 and HB723) See some talking points!
  • support meaningful bail reform (HB1218, SB880/HB390, and SB879/HB1157 See some talking points!


 9-10               Refreshments and advocacy training

10 – 10:45      Review of bills

11 - 1              Meetings with legislators 

1- 2                 Debriefing

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Parking:   Here are a few tips:  Drive into Annapolis on Rowe Blvd. Bear right onto Calvert Street after you cross the bridge. Within one block there are two garages on the left - the first takes credit cards, the second takes cash. You can also park at the stadium and take a shuttle into town. If you don’t mind a 10 minute walk and the two garages noted above are full, continue to West Street. Turn right, pass Lowe’s Hotel on the right; keep going till you see a bright yellow painted building on the left. Turn left there and on the right is another parking garage - always has space! Most garages fill up early.  To a see a map with parking ramps, click here.

Can’t come on Advocacy Day? Then make calls or send an email from home or office to your legislator. If you don’t know who they are, go to www.mdelect.net. It’s easy. It’s effective. They want and need to hear from you! Especially email:

Senator Bobby A. Zirkin, Chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, bobby.zirkin@senate.state.md.us

Delegate Joseph F. Vallario, Jr.,  Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, joseph.vallario@house.state.md.us

Sponsored by Interfaith Action for Human Rights (IAHR)Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform (MAJR), Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative (MRJI) and Maryland Justice and Safety Alliance (MJSA)


Watch “Solitary” on HBO 


Filmed over the course of one year, and drawing on unprecedented, and unrestricted access, SOLITARY: INSIDE RED ONION STATE PRISON captures - in chilling detail - the uses and effects of solitary confinement. Through the complex stories of both inmates and corrections officers caught in the system, the film raises provocative questions about punishment in America today. Watch the new trailer here:

Having premiered on HBO on February 6th at 10:00-11:30 p.m. ET/PT we are asking everyone who cares about this issue to watch the film on HBO & join our campaign to encourage transparency of prison facilities using #solitarydoc.

Please share the trailer on Facebook here!

Watch SOLITARY & Join The Campaign to Encourage Transparency of Prison Facilities!

Over 80,000 men, women, and children are held in isolation in state and federal prisons across the US, with tens of thousands more in isolation in local jails, juvenile facilities, and immigration detention centers. For the people who endure it, life in solitary confinement means spending 22 to 24 hours a day in a cell that measures 6 x 9 feet on average. Meals generally come through slots in solid steel cell doors, as do any communications with prison staff. Individuals in solitary confinement may be denied visits, telephone calls, television, reading materials, and art supplies.

Prisons are among the least transparent institutions in the United States, despite the fact that they are supported by taxpayers and return approximately 95% of their residents back to our communities. Citizens have a right to know what’s happening inside our prisons - our tax dollars pay for them and we have the right to tour our prisons and to hold our elected officials accountable. The SOLITARY impact campaign seeks to use the HBO premiere of the film to raise awareness around the use of solitary confinement in the U.S. and encourage the public to contact a prison or jail in their community and request a visit to learn more about the current state of incarceration.


SPREAD THE WORD about the film using #SolitaryDoc on social media:

  • Share the trailer to  Twitter, Facebook or Instagram:
  • Click to Tweet: #SolitaryDoc, exploring life inside one of America’s most notorious “Supermax” prisons, debuts Feb. 6 on @HBO: itsh.bo/2iDyg1C
  • Click to Tweet: Watch the official trailer for #SolitaryDoc, directed by Kristi Jacobson. Premieres Feb. 6 on @HBO: itsh.bo/2iDyg1C
  • Click to Tweet: #SolitaryDoc powerfully examines the uses and effects of solitary confinement, premiering Feb. 6 on @HBO: itsh.bo/2iDyg1C
  • Click to Tweet: #SolitaryDoc explores life on both sides of the bars, raising provocative questions about punishment in America today. Feb. 6 on @HBO.
  • Click to Tweet: “UNFLINCHING”! #SolitaryDoc, exploring life inside one of America’s notorious “Supermax” prisons debuts Feb. 6 on @HBO: itsh.bo/2iDyg1C
  • As an individual, you can make a difference by spreading the word to 5 friends and family members.
  • As a leader or member of an organization, you can partner with our campaign by inviting your network to tune in, participate in a discussion, and share resources.
  • Use the hashtag #solitarydoc to continue the conversation on social media.

Host a viewing party during the February 6th HBO premiere and invite your friends and family to join a discussion:

Encourage your members and subscribers to WATCH THE FILM and to VISIT A PRISON OR JAIL IN YOUR COMMUNITY:

  • Visit your state's Department of Corrections website and find a prison in your community and request a visit.
  • Share what you learned and about your experience using the hashtag #solitarydoc.

Follow SOLITARY Online: Website: solitarydoc.com; FB: /HBODocs; TW: @HBODocs #SolitaryDoc


In Maryland: Special Program on Solitary Confinement Legislation and Parole Reform

Rabbi Charles Feinberg and Diamonte Brown

Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 1 p.m.

Stoney Run Friends Meeting

5116 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210

Free and Open to the Public




The Institute For Islamic-Christian-Jewish Studies (ICJS) is pleased to announce this year’s Manekin-Clark speaker, Anver Emon. Dr. Emon will present his public lecture on Thursday, March 2, 2017.

This lecture will launch a three-part spring speaker series on Islamophobia in America.

About the Lecture
Anver Emon will deconstruct the banning of shariah law in state legislatures across the U.S. as a form of exclusionary politics that portrays American Muslims as threats to democracy and American values.

About the Series
At this moment in our nation’s history, there is an unprecedented need for interreligious education and engagement around Islam. Much of the fear-mongering around Muslims is grounded in a deep mistrust of shariah, or Islamic religious law. This series will not only foster intelligent conversation around the specter of shariah in the American context, but also look at the myriad ways in which law and justice are refracted through the experiences of American Muslims today. This series is sponsored by WYPR (88.1 FM), Maryland HumanitiesHoward County Muslim Council, and the ACLU of Maryland.

Location: Reginald F. Lewis Museum (830 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202).
Date and Time: March 2, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
RSVP: To register, please visit www.icjs-march2.eventbrite.com.
Cost: This event is free and open to the public.
Please note: This lecture will be recorded, and a photographer may be present. 

- See more by clicking here.  






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