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The Liberator


Pastor Benny
I’m often asked: “We talk about the problem and NEVER talk about the solution. Tell us or point us in the right direction to do something about this issue of mass incarceration.”  As a preacher and person who was previously incarcerated, here are my thoughts. The penal system in the United States is in crisis. Prisons are overflowing, inmates are routinely dehumanized, and marginalized and impoverished communities make up the majority of the prison population. Having spent 20 years within the system as a wrongly convicted prisoner, I am uniquely placed to offer both critique and constructive guidelines for future change.


Dr. Teresa Smallwood

Bring out the Prisoners

The private prison industrial complex generated $4.8 billion, with profits of $629 million. But private industry is not the only malefactor. State and local governments enjoy the lion’s share of profits from caged bodies.

In The News

The Georgia senator addressed the mass incarceration crisis and the responsibilities of faith communities to enact change.

By Seth Limmer, Michael Pfleger, Otis Moss III and Ciera Bates-Chamberlain:  Chicago Tribune

As people of faith, we know that everyone — regardless of race or income — deserves access to rights such as housing, education, health care and employment. The same should be true of freedom. However, long-extant systems of bonds and bail hinder economic and racial justice, as only those with the means necessary can buy their freedom.  The Pretrial Fairness Act affirms that access to wealth will no longer determine whether someone is jailed while awaiting trial.

From The Conference

From June 17-19, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia, the Multifaith Initiative to End Mass Incarceration held our first conference, Let My People Go: Ending Mass Incarceration, to launch a multifaith response to mass incarceration. 

This multifaith, multiracial gathering drew more than 400 registered conference attendees representing 27 states.  In addition, more than 1,000 individuals attended the opening sessions of the Conference that featured Dr. Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, and Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, senior pastor of historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Workshop leaders and attendees also included the formerly incarcerated, those directly impacted by incarceration, denominational representatives, judges, nonprofit leaders, prosecutors, lay leaders from various faith traditions, and lawyers. 

Participants were given a faith toolkit in both hard copy and electronic form to serve as a guide for congregational engagement. Most attendees made a commitment to do at least one action shaped by the Faith Toolkit before the end of the 2019 calendar year.


"Prisons do not disappear social problems, they disappear human beings.”
Angela Davis

Over 2.7 million children have a parent in jail or prison.

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You have the power to change the narratiave about mass incarceration in your community.


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