One State, One Film: School-to-Prison Pipeline

One State, One Film: School-to-Prison Pipeline

Tuesday, March 23, 2021


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Join members of the Connecticut Collaborative on Poverty, Criminal Justice & Race, along with leading advocates in the fight for criminal justice reform in our State, to explore ways each one of us can support and promote a more equitable future for all. We will examine our respective roles in maintaining the status quo, examine ways to ensure accountability, and hear from individuals who continue to advance the agenda forward.


Ms. Andréa Comer, Moderator

Ms. Andréa Comer serves as the Chief External Affairs Officer for the CT Paid Leave Authority, a quasi-governmental agency that provides paid leave for workers.  She previously worked in the nonprofit, business, and municipal government sectors, leading teams in communications, strategic planning, and development efforts with a focus on equity. A former reporter and copy editor, Andréa served as an elected member of the Hartford Board of Education, where she led the development of the district’s reduced school suspension policy. She also served on the State Board of Education, where she pushed for transparency in school suspension and expulsion rates statewide.  She is an inaugural recipient of the 100 New England Women of Color award, and has been recognized by the CT Commission on Children, YMCA, Urban League of Greater Hartford and the CT NAACP, which named her among the 100 Most Influential leaders in the state.

Mr. Anderson Curtis

Mr. Anderson Curtis serves as interim senior field organizer and policy advocate for the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut (ACLU-CT). In his role, Anderson’s primary responsibilities include mobilizing ACLU-CT members, recruiting and developing campaign leaders who have been directly impacted by the criminal legal system and police violence, engaging Connecticut voters, and leading the ACLU-CT’s public education efforts. Anderson is a proud alumnus of Gateway Community College Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor (DARC). He completed the Community Leadership Program Cohort 24. Anderson’s passion for change is fueled by his lived experience of 20 years on the treadmill of moving in and out of the criminal legal system. After 14 years of seeking paths of healing and freedom, Anderson lives with hope and dignity, advocating for people to access employment and housing despite the barriers of discrimination and disparities.

Mr. Timothy Goodwin

Mr. Timothy Goodwin is the Founder and Executive Director of Community First School (CFS), which opened in August of 2020 and serves children in grades K-1 in North Hartford’s federally designated Promise Zone neighborhoods, Clay Arsenal, Upper Albany, and Northeast. CFS believes in the inherent greatness of each resident, and the mission, vision, and core values embody this philosophy. By partnering with community groups and implementing a whole-family care, relationship-based, and place-based program, CFS empowers children to own their greatness, and become passionate, independent learners able to compete, collaborate, and innovate in a diverse world.  Timothy has worked as an educator for over 28 years, including 18 as a classroom teacher and public school administrator, and 10 years founding and directing high performing non-profit organizations in the Hartford region.

State Representative Robyn Porter

State Representative Robyn Porter was first elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives in April 2014 following a special election. Since winning the 94th Assembly District seat, Porter has championed legislation that has provided fair wages and work spaces for Connecticut’s workers, reformed the state’s criminal justice system and increased protections for domestic violence victims. Porter has been a member of the both the Appropriations and Judiciary committees. She has authored and sponsored legislation that restores respect, dignity and fairer treatment for incarcerated women,  prohibits a judge from setting bail for those charged with misdemeanors, outlaws the solitary confinement of minors, requires more data from prosecutors and strengthens transparency between law enforcement and the public. Porter was named House chairwoman of the Labor and Public Employees Committee and under her leadership, Connecticut workers have benefited from tremendous progress in the workplace including championing legislation that strengthened gender pay equity laws, which had not been updated since 1963, leading a 14-hour debate in the House to raise the minimum hourly wage to $15 an hour by 2023 to name a few.

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