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Re-Imagining Justice Conference
What is the Re-Imagining Justice Conference? 

The Re-Imagining Justice conference is the MNJRC’s annual convening that brings together a broad set of stakeholders to share, learn, and generate ideas on how to transform Minnesota’s criminal legal system through research, education, and policy. Criminal legal system practitioners, experts, scholars, advocates, and people directly impacted by the system gather for powerful conversations, workshops, and to hear leaders discuss how to re-imagine a justice system that functions more effectively, humanely, and with the public’s trust. 


MNJRC's 2024 Conference
Re-Imagining Justice: Pivoting from Problem to Possibility

Tuesday, November 19, 2024



The MNJRC's annual Re-Imagining Justice Conference is an inspirational convening of a broad diversity of criminal legal system practitioners, scholars, advocates, impacted persons, and community members. Through keynotes, plenaries, and breakout sessions, we create the space to share and learn from efforts to bring the criminal legal system closer to a true justice system.


The theme of the 2024 conference is "Pivoting from Problem to Possibility", in which we seek to re-imagine a criminal legal system that doesn't just respond to problems that we see currently happening, but looks for approaches that are based on dreams of what can be. 

Stay tuned for program announcements and registration by signing up for the MNJRC email HERE


2023 Conference Program Details

Our conference serves as a space to begin to build bridges between community members and law enforcement, folks across the political aisle, and between activists and system actors.

Thank you to our 2023 sponsors!

Founding sponsor -----

Justice Champions -----

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Justice Advocates -----

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Justice Allies -----

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Dorsey & Whitney * Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge

Justice Supporters -----

Previous Conference Highlights

"Leadership on Public Safety in Challenging Times' featuring Lt Gov. Peggy Flanagan and MPR Host Angela Davis, with St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, State Rep. Cedrick Frazier, and Ramsey County Attorney John Choi


MDHR Commissioner Rebecca Lucero and MBCRE Director Tiffani Daniels discuss the state of policing in Minnesota 2 1/2 years after the police murder of George Floyd


MNJRC Board Member Sharon Sayles Belton talks with john a. powell about the importance of re-imagining justice.


A discussion with best-selling author Resmaa Menakem


Featuring Briana Payton from the Chicago Appleseed Center on Pretrial Justice


A session on the work to transform the legal system by bringing in those most impacted by the law


What exactly is “participatory research”? Find our more in this session


Kyle Tran Myhre opened the MNJRC's Re-Imagining Justice conference virtual programming with his poem, "Why Do You Write Poems When Death is All Around Us."


An inspirational conference-opening keynote by Florida Rights Restoration Coalition President Desmond Meade


A conversation with Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison


Danielle Sered shares her thoughts on the need to re-imagine justice

2022 Re-Imagining Justice Conference

2024 Re-Imagining Justice Conference is on Tuesday, November 19.

Save the date and sign up to be the first to know about our most attended event of the year.

Thank you!

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