CFSY Annual Convening
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 9 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!
This past year’s 9th annual National Convening, hosted in Washington D.C. offered a combination of touching testimonies, celebration, and educational moments. We had the pleasure of featuring Clint Smith, renowned author of Counting Descent, on one of our panel discussions on the myth of juvenile superpredators. We 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 criminal justice reform. We were thrilled to see attendees from all walks of life answer that challenge and come together in support of ending juvenile-life-without-parole.
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 this such an unforgettable event!