CFSY Annual Convening

Montgomery, Alabama, November 7th – 9th

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we will be hosting this year’s Convening in Montgomery, AL, where we will visit the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery.

Programming will include remarks from the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice initiative, Bryan Stevenson. Check back here for more details soon!

About the Convening: 

CFSY’s annual National Convening is a cornerstone of our work. Over multiple days each fall, we bring together a diverse group of formerly incarcerated advocates, legislators, parole board members, national partners, and others to strategize about how to end extreme sentencing of youth under the leadership of those directly impacted by the issue. We offer attendees a robust agenda packed with informative plenaries, panels, workshops, and opportunities to connect with one another on both a personal and professional level. Over the past nine years, we’ve seen countless reform measures and so much movement-building that started with a simple connection at our convening.

Every year we get more and more requests for travel sponsorships from potential attendees and hear that many save up valuable time off to attend. People leave inspired, informed, healed, hopeful, and ready to take action!

2018 Summary:

The 2018 annual National Convening, hosted in Washington DC, offered a combination of touching testimonies, celebration of progress, and thought partnership. We saw firsthand the leadership of directly impacted and formerly life sentenced children, learned from their expertise and experience, and mapped out strategies for the work to come.

There were many inspiring plenaries and panels over the course of two days, including a conversation between educator and writer Clint Smith and CFSY staff member Abd’Allah Lateef, during which they unpacked the myth of juvenile superpredators.

We also heard compelling stories of forgiveness from victim family members, held sessions with directly impacted individuals focused on self-care, and challenged all attendees to carry the torch for the future of youth sentencing reform reform. We were thrilled to see attendees from all walks of life come together in support of ending life without parole and other extreme sentences for children.

You can watch the 2018 Convening in its entirety by clicking here.

It was a joy to witness the positive impact and amount of progress that The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing has made in the last decade. We cannot thank you enough for helping us make last year’s Convening such an unforgettable event, and we look forward to seeing many of you in Montgomery.