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





  • 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 this fall.

Last Updated: 2/13/2018
Created: June 20, 2013