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Criminal Justice Reform Team

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The Social Justice Hub Criminal Justice Reform Team works to promote awareness and change related to social justice issues in the criminal justice system.


Meetings take place Wednesdays at 8:00 PM during the academic year. These can be accessed here.

At these meetings, we discuss criminal justice topics, brainstorm ideas for future events, work on existing event planning, and research for our newsletter and podcast. Some items we have researched in the past include wrongful convictions, people of color in law, and local organizations involved in reducing recidivism.

Members are invited to pursue any social justice-related issues in the criminal justice system they may be interested in. Meet fellow students interested in reforming the criminal justice system, have your ideas heard, and learn how to be more involved on campus!

 Leadership Positions

Leadership positions are selected in the April/May for the subsequent year, with positions created throughout the year. UW-Madison students are welcome to apply.

Position Descriptions:

Criminal Justice Reform Team Co-Directors: Allie Burgdorf and Clarence Harley.
The co-directors  work together to lead meetings, make sure tasks are assigned to team members, routinely reach out to other organizations and individuals about collaborations, keep team leaders organized and in touch, stay in contact with the Social Justice Hub director about meetings and events, and any other duties necessary to helping the team run smoothly and efficiently. This is a fairly time-intensive position with several hours a week expected outside of meetings.

Administrative Lead:
This person prepares agendas for meetings in conjunction with the co-directors, takes notes during meetings, and performs other administrative-related tasks as needed to help the team run smoothly. Estimated work time is an hour or so of work per week, outside of required weekly meetings.

Marketing LeadJulia Lackey
This person is in charge of creating promotional materials for team meetings and events as well as updating the team's website (no prior website experience is needed at the program is fairly basic and intuitive). Experience with material creation in programs like Canva or Adobe InDesign is helpful, but is not required. This role requires several hours of work outside of meetings, with exact amounts of work varying based on where the team is in the planning process.

Research Team LeadKayla Parker and Eliza Donnelly
This person is in charge of running research team meetings and coordinating the research team's efforts. The work for this position is mostly at meetings, but may require some time outside of meetings providing support to research by team members.

Newsletter Editor: Regan Hawkins
This person compiles all team members' research pieces into a newsletter to be sent out periodically. This includes editing pieces and creating an aesthetically pleasing and logically ordered newsletter. Consider taking on a co-editor if your schedule is more limited. 

Please Co-Directors with questions or comments and to be added to the communication list.

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