The Color of Mass Incarceration
The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world–while we make up 4% of the world’s population, we hold 22% of the world’s prisoners. The epidemic of mass incarceration has carried with it significant racial disparities. While African Americans and Latinos make up approximately 32% of the population of our country, those individuals make up about 56% of our prison population. Why?
Facilitated by Second Chance Justice Collaborative director and civil rights attorney Kate Weaver Patterson and Soteria Community Development Corporation Founder and Executive Director Jerry Blassingame, this session will explore the explosive rise of mass incarceration in the United States over the last forty years. We’ll hear personal stories from individuals who have been impacted, grapple with the appropriate response to this uniquely American phenomenon, particularly in light of the disparate impact on lower socioeconomic classes and communities of color, and discuss how we in the non-profit sector can best respond.
Particularly pertinent in light of the national discussion heating up over criminal justice reform, we hope that you’ll join us for open dialogue and discussion.