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MNJRC's 2023 Conference
Re-Imagining Justice: Centering Humanity Over Fear

Thurs, Nov 16 - Fri Nov 17, 2023



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.


This year we will be "centering humanity over fear" as our theme. We seek to address the pervasive fear rhetoric about crime and criminals and instead use our research and practice to better understand and support the humanity of all while repairing harm and holding individuals accountable to create safe communities.

Program outline:

Thursday, November 16, 6 pm - 9 pm:

  • Evening in-person opening reception and keynote speaker

    • Plymouth Congregational Church, 1919 LaSalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN  55403


Friday, November 17: 

  • Morning online virtual programming, including keynote/plenary and 3 rounds of breakout sessions

  • Break for lunch on your own

  • Late afternoon in-person closing plenary and networking

    • Closing plenary at PAIKKA, followed by networking at Lake Monster Brewing​

    • 550 Vandalia St #165, St Paul, MN 55114

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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. 

Re-Imagining Justice 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 activists and system actors.

Thank you to our 2023 sponsors!

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Justice Advocates -----

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Justice Allies -----

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Dorsey & Whitney *** Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge

Previous Conference Highlights

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


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


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


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


A conversation with Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison


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


A discussion with best-selling author Resmaa Menakem


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

2022 Re-Imagining Justice Conference

2023 Re-Imagining Justice Conference

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