African Americans and other minorities continue to face a disproportionately high risk of imprisonment. Those who are released, and want to become productive members of society are consistently met with roadblocks to employment and the ability to engage.
Washington, DC (PRWEB) November 15, 2012
Metropolitan AME Church organizations and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) will sponsor a panel discussion, Stop the Pipeline to Prison: Create Educational Opportunities, Jobs and Wealth on November 17, 2012 from 4 P.M. to 6 P.M. at 1518 M Street, NW, Washington, DC.
The panel, moderated by Dr. Charles J. Ogletree, professor of Law, Harvard University, will highlight the impact of mass incarcerations on African-American and other minority communities. The discussion will serve as a catalyst for solutions to eliminating the disproportionate sentencing of minorities who are shuttled through the criminal justice system, and offer options for the road to economic recovery for returning offenders looking for work.
"African Americans and other minorities continue to face a disproportionately high risk of imprisonment. Those who are released, and want to become productive members of society are consistently met with roadblocks to employment and the ability to engage in the most basic of rights, to take part in the democratic process," said Krisa Haggins, interim president and chief executive officer for CBCF.
In the past 20 years the prison population in the United States has skyrocketed. According to recent statistics by the Pew Charitable Trusts, one in 106 white males, one in 36 Hispanic males, and one in five black males are incarcerated.
National experts who are especially knowledgeable about the topic of prison reform and solutions are participating in Stop The Pipeline to Prison. Panelists include: Representative Bobby Scott (Virginia), Glenn Martin, director of the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy at The Fortune Society, Inc., Francine Sherman, Professor and Director of the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project at Boston College Law School, Nigel Parkinson, president and chief executive officer of Washington, D.C.- based Parkinson Construction Company, and King Downing, attorney and founder of the Human Rights-Racial Justice Center.
"Metropolitan AME’s Daniel Payne Community Development Corporation (CDC) a 501(c) 3 organization, The Bethel Literary Historical Society and Public Relations Commission are excited to host this important forum. It is purposely situated on the heels of the Presidential election as the mass incarceration of African-American and Hispanic males has a huge impact on federal and state budgets. Entire communities and entire generations are suffering as a result," said the Rev. Ronald E. Braxton, senior pastor.
Hundreds are expected to attend Stop the Pipeline to Prison: Create Educational Opportunities, Jobs and Wealth. Please RSVP at http://stopthepipeline.eventbrite.com/ . The panel discussion will be web streamed live at http://www.cbcfinc.org. You can also follow the discussion on Twitter @CBCFInc #PIPELINE.