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Lives at Stake: A Community Conversation On Mass Incarceration
Thursday, June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Jamaica Plain Progressives are working with JP Forum and other local community organizations to host a conversation about the impacts of mass incarceration and what we can do about it. The forum will be held at First Baptist Church on Thursday, June 16 at 7:00pm.
There is a growing recognition of the damage mass incarceration is doing, especially in communities of color where 3 in 4 black men spend time in prison — not only impacting their families while they are imprisoned, but making it extremely difficult to find housing, employment and education after release. Some national leaders are acknowledging the mistake of “tough on crime” legislation. Many states have already started rolling back that legislation, but Massachusetts has been slow to respond. We want to know why and how we can change that dynamic.
This conversation will be keynoted by Rahsaan Hall, the Director of the ACLU Racial Justice Program. He’ll be joined on the panel by Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, sponsor of several pieces of criminal justice reform legislation, Sheriff Steven Tompkins, who is leading reform in Suffolk County prison, and Conan Harris, the City of Boston Deputy Director of Public Safety Initiatives. The conversation will be moderated by Melissa Threadgill of the Crime and Justice Institute.