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“What does it mean,” asks Willie Francois, “to cultivate leaders who are building power inside prison?”
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.
It seems to me that our nation needs an interracial and interfaith coalition of principled people committed to the hard work of abolishing mass incarceration.
In The News
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.
INCARCERATION RATE PER 100,000 PEOPLE
Over 2.7 million children have a parent in jail or prison.
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Rabbi Lydia Medwin
I got out of prison in 2012 after spending nearly two decades behind bars. After earning an associate of arts degree in biblical studies, a certification in Christian counseling, and working with reentry services for over 10 years, I still