The Lehigh Conference of Churches -- Justice and Advocacy Fall Gathering

The Heart of Justice

2014 Event
2013 Event

The Lehigh Conference of Churches

Justice & Advocacy

The Heart of Justice:
Breaking the Cycle of
Fear, Violence, Punishment, Retaliation


Organizations - Pennsylvania and Lehigh Valley

Other Web Resources





  • Behind Bars (CBS 60 Minutes: Mar. 4, 2018)
    The German prison system that emphasizes rehabilitation over punishment (and other prison-related stories).
  • Sister Hearts (2017: 16 min)
    - Maryam Henderson-Uloho spent thirteen years in prison in Louisiana, seven in solitary confinement. After her release she struggled to find housing or employment. She began selling secondhand goods out of a suitcase on a street corner in New Orleans. In just three years, she grew her business to a brick-and-mortar thrift store--one that also provides housing and employment for other formerly-incarcerated women. She calls those women--and her store--Sister Hearts.
  • Breaking Down the Box (2016: 41 min)
    - on solitary confinement. Examines the mental health, racial justice and human rights implications of the systemic use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons. (More resources and DVD order form at
  • 13th (2016: 100 min.)
    On racism and U.S. criminal justice system. The title refers to the 13th Amendment to U.S. Constitution which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery - except as punishment for a crime
  • Rikers: An American Jail (2016: 56 min.)
    DVD (free) and discussion guide
  • Pull of Gravity (2013: 81 min.)
    about reentry stories for several people in Philadelphia
  • Brave New Films (series of short videos on many topics, including these):
  • The House I Live In (2013: 109 min.) - a powerful documentary about the Drug War and mass incarceration in the U.S.
  • Policing the Police (2016: 56 min.) - a Frontline documentary about the Newark Police Department and the efforts to reign in abusive policing practices in the U.S.
  • Gideon's Army (2014: 96 min.) - a documentary about the under-funded and under-resourced public defenders whose job it is to provide the poor with fair legal representation.
  • The Central Park Five (2012: 119 min.) - a documentary about the case of five Black and Latino teenagers in New York who were unjustly convicted of raping a white woman and who spent between 6 and 13 years in prison before their convictions were overturned.
  • Broken on All Sides (2012: 68 min.) ( Contact Justice & Advocacy at to schedule a local showing of this documentary. )
PBS Frontline: Locked Up in America (view on-line or order DVD)
  • "Kids for Cash" the movie - story of Luzerne County, PA, juvenile judges convicted of taking bribes. In theaters, DVD, and download. (May 2014)

Look for updates to this list from time to time.

Last Updated: 1/24/2020
Created: June 20, 2013