Join Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long, Sen. Darius Brown, Rep. Melissa Minor-Brown, and the REFORM Alliance for a Day of Action featuring thought-provoking panels and networking opportunities with criminal justice advocates in the State of Delaware.
Location: Double Tree by Hilton
700 N King Street Wilmington, Delaware
Date: Friday, May 31, 2024
Start: 10:00 A.M.
End: 3:00 P.M.
May 31, 2024 | 10:00 A.M.


10:00 A.M. | Opening remarks

10:20 A.M. | Panel #1: Removing Barriers to Second Chances

This panel is a deep dive into the Adult Expungement Reform Act (Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 37), which the General Assembly passed in June 2019. This act expands eligibility for expungement, a process in which qualifying criminal records can be wiped clean without a pardon. In some cases, the expungement will be mandatory, while in others the expungement is at the discretion of the courts.

11:10 A.M. | Panel #2 Spreading Hope in Reentry Statewide

The Reentry Court partners with the Department of Correction, which operates adult corrections facilities as well as probation. The Reentry court provides comprehensive reentry support services that target crime-causing factors, shown to be predictors of recidivism, for formerly incarcerated high-risk men leaving prison and returning to Wilmington’s most distressed communities. The rehabilitative treatment services and programs are designed to promote successful reentry based on research-informed solutions. Risk and needs assessments, cognitive-behavioral therapies, vocational readiness training, educational peer support, behavioral health services, and family–reunification programs are utilized to reduce recidivism and improve safety in the state.

12:00 P.M. | Networking Lunch

Policy makers and community leaders listen to attendees with lived experience in the probation and parole system as they provide critical insights, how supervision systems can effectively support their immediate needs for successful outcomes, reduce recidivism and promote public safety.

1:00 P.M. : Panel #3: Developing a Culturally Proficient Intervention H.E.A.T. (Habilitation Empowerment Accountability Therapy)

H.E.A.T is an afro-centric, strength-based, trauma-informed model that emphasizes a positive and engaging approach to treatment. This manualized intervention targets young African American males. The holistic approach of H.E.A.T. focuses on treating the complete person by addressing spiritual, mental, emotional physical, environmental, and experiential factors that influence one’s sense of self, behaviors, and choices. The curriculum seeks to validate life experiences and help the client address and resolve emotional and psychological issues that have shaped his self-image, behavior, and lifestyle choices. H.E.A.T. is spreading across the county. It is the only culturally responsive intervention of its kind in the county. This session will discuss why this intervention is important and the research that makes it a promising practice.


2:00: P.M. | Panel # 4: Reimagining Justice Prosecution, Prison, Probation and Parole

A discussion around prosecution, prison, probation, and parol that will highlight re-orienting the use of imprisonment only for high-risk offenders and reinvesting the cost savings in corrections practices that have proven their effectiveness in reducing recidivism and holding offenders accountable.


2:50 P.M. | Closing Remarks