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Thanks to everyone for participating in MNJRC’s 2022 Re-Imagining Justice Conference: Building Bridges - Seeking Solutions.

The 2022 conference was an inspirational and informative two days focusing on the theme of “Building Bridges – Seeking Solutions.”


Our programming kicked off with an in-person reception and keynote by voting rights activist and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Desmond Meade held at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis's Longfellow neighborhood. The second day was convened virtually, starting with a reading by Zeke Caliguiri and a virtual keynote by Cynthia W. Roseberry, Acting Director of the ACLU’s Justice Division. Participants then attended virtual breakout sessions and plenaries throughout the day, including a discussion with MDHR Commissioner Rebecca Lucero on her work addressing race-based policing with the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police Department and a closing plenary focused on finding common ground for policy approaches at the state level. CLE and MN Social Work Continuing Education credits were available.

For more program details of the 2022 conference, go here.


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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 sponsors!

Founding sponsor -----

Justice Champions -----

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Justice Allies -----

Dorsey and Whitney
Greater Twin Cities United Way
Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Minnesota Department of Corrections

Justice Supporters -----

Bassford Remele * Best & Flanagan LLC * Center for Victims of Torturea

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP * MN Adult and Teen Challenge

MN Second Chance Coalition * Robins Kaplan * Stoel Rives

Previous Conference Highlights

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


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


A conversation with Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison


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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