On Tuesday November 7, 2017, we co-hosted an event in Jackson, Mississippi with the local America's Future Foundation chapter on the topic of mass incarceration.
Dr. Chris Surprenant, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Orleans and Editor of Rethinking Punishment in the Era of Mass Incarceration, shared illuminating statistics and multiple ideas for alternatives to our current system.
37 community members attended the event and exchanged perspectives on systemic themes like race, class, and corruption. Mississippi Today ran an article on the event, which can be found here.
Later in the evening, we hosted a dinner discussion for 10 community members to continue the conversation with Dr. Surprenant and explore the local context of the issue in more depth. The group included professionals working in politics, policy, nonprofits, and business. Our conversation explored the root causes of crime and mass incarceration, including the drug war, police militarization and brutality, lack of economic opportunity, and cultural barriers.
To learn more about this important topic, attendees were encouraged to check out our mass incarceration guide, a list of recommended organizations, videos, podcasts, articles, and more.