Since early 2018, the WV Criminal Justice Listening Project has collected stories about the criminal justice system. They talked to people who spent time behind bars. Men and women who struggled to build a life after leaving prison. Fathers and mothers in recovery. And people who watched loved ones prosecuted and sent away. Their stories reinforce the urgent need for a better justice system.

Starting in Spring 2019 the Listening Project will take these stories on a statewide Listening Tour. A leadership team of people affected will lead conversations around this question: What can we do to create a system that is more fair, humane and beneficial to individuals and society?

The project welcomes you to join these courageous individuals who are leading these conversations, and this movement for reform, by becoming a Criminal Justice Listening Tour sponsor. For sponsorship information, contact Lida Shepherd at