Mishkan Torah to Present Program on Mass Incarceration on November 6

This announcement comes courtesy of MD NLG member David Norken:

On Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., the Social Action Committee of Mishkan Torah will host a 90 minute presentation by Molly Gill, Director of Federal Legislative Affairs of Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), and Patrice Sulton, an area lawyer who writes and speaks extensively on topics including drug decriminalization, police accountability and sentencing reform.  The presentation will be on Mass Incarceration in the War on Drugs and its race-based consequences in the U.S. and the D.C. area.  Join us for an informative and provocative presentation at Mishkan Torah Synagogue at 10 Ridge Road in Greenbelt, Maryland.

What’s Wrong with a Little Mass Incarceration?  Here’s the problem.  The United States is the world’s leader in incarceration with 2.2 million people currently in the nation’s prisons and jails – a 500% increase over the last forty years.  Changes in sentencing law and policy, not changes in crime rates, explain most of this increase.  More than 60% of the people in prison today are people of color.  Black men as a percentage of the population are four times as likely to be incarcerated as White men.  For Black men, that is 3% of their population at any given time.  Hispanic men are 1.6 times as likely to be incarcerated as White men.  One in eleven Black adults is under probation or parole or in prison or jail.  Most of the offenses are for drug crimes.  But Blacks, Whites and Hispanics engage in drug offenses, possession and sales at roughly comparable rates.

So what is happening here?  Is the War on Drugs a method to keep certain populations down? Come November 6 to find out.  The event is free and open to the entire community.


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