On Monday, April 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., the campus community at The University of New Mexico is invited to join representatives from law, local government, and community organizations for an interactive panel titled, “Addressing Patterns of Inequality: Criminal Justice Reform Panel” in UNM’s Student Union Building, Ballroom A.

During this event, the panelists will share their perspectives on recently proposed legislation involving criminal justice reform, reintegration and services for people leaving jail and prison, and steps that have been taken to reform criminal justice policies in New Mexico. There is no charge for admission to the panel, and light refreshments will be provided.

This panel has been sponsored by the Lobo Reading Experience, which is an initiative intended to help foster a sense of community through a common academic reading program. “Addressing Patterns of Inequality: Criminal Justice Reform Panel” was inspired by this year’s book, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.

In Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson reflects on issues within the American criminal justice and prison systems as he makes an argument for empathy and mercy for marginalized people who have received harsh sentences or have been falsely convicted of crimes.

Stevenson’s book centers on the story of Walter McMillian, a black man who was falsely accused of murder and sentenced to death in 1988. Please visit Lobo Reading Experience website for information about this book, the author, and additional materials.

Questions about the event or the Lobo Reading Experience can be directed to loboreading@unm.edu.