Senator Cory Booker, keynote speaker, with Lorna Tangara, MCAC Executive Director, at the Criminal Justice Reform forum at the Christ Church in East Orange, NJ. Senator Cory Booker, in partnership with The Coalition of Religious Leaders hosted the forum at the Christ Church in East Orange focusing on criminal justice, mass incarceration, race, faith, and the impact on our communities. The event was attended by members of the community whose loved ones, friends, and neighbors are affected by stigma, unfair treatment due to color, lack of housing, and lack of job readiness training, among others, when they come out of jail or prison.
Our MCAC Client Advocacy Committee has started to do great work. We have successfully stopped a young woman from going to jail and instead, got her on an ankle bracelet. She kept her Medicaid benefits and her treatment at MCAC continued without interruption. We are working on more steps to be a powerful source of advocacy for our clients.