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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY - A spoken word event about justness, opportunity and the interaction of the criminal justice system with individuals and communities was presented to a crowd of 100 on June 27th at Florida State University. Speakers included Lamont Carey, "Born in DC, Raised in Prison", Carrie Pettus-Davis, Associate Professor of Social Work and Bill Rone, MSW Reentry Specialist, "Formerly Incarceratedx3"
Over 11 million people cycle in and out of jails and prisons in the U.S. each year and roughly 12,000 men and women are released from prison every single week. Upon their return, these men and women face systemic and structural barriers to opportunity within our communities due to the stigma associated with incarceration. For example, a vast quilt of more than 45,000 public policies and hundreds of thousands of institutional policies and practices permanently restrict individuals with felony convictions from having access to our most fundamental social institutions – employment, higher education, and community-based entities like community centers, schools, churches, housing, and neighborhoods – leading to a form of civic death for formerly incarcerated individuals. Long after the prison sentence is over, men and women with felony convictions are prevented from working, studying, and participating fully in our communities.
At the last census, there were 19 million people in the U.S. with a felony conviction. However, felony convictions are not equally distributed throughout the population – significant racial, economic, and behavioral health disparities exist. Men and women in prison are more often Black or Brown, living in poverty, and affected by health issues. After release from prison, these disparities are amplified when this group of uniquely disadvantaged citizens are barred access to community opportunity – often for the remainder of their lives. These men and women, perhaps unsurprisingly, are unlikely to thrive after release – 77% will be re-arrested for a new crime within 5 years. Incarceration does not prevent crime, promote public safety, or improve the lives of individuals or their families. Incarceration simply produces more incarceration. Incarceration harms all of us by perpetuating racial, economic, and behavioral health disparities and making our communities less safe. If we do not reduce our use of incarceration, we will never achieve the equality or prosperity reflective of our country’s fullest potential.
Carrie Pettus-Davis delivers a talk on how to eliminate economic disparities in criminal justice during the "Poverty in America: Critical Perspectives on Causes, Effects, and Possible Solutions" conference co-hosted by the College of Social Work and the Institute for Human Studies at George Mason University in March 2019.
You can view her talk and the Q&A session which followed here.
Kentucky is one of four states participating in the program, and Carrie Pettus-Davis, an associate professor at Florida State University, is leading the project. "Communities really haven't yet stepped up to take ownership of welcoming people back home, and making sure that there's the infrastructure in place to make people successful," she states. Pettus-Davis says many communities still expect corrections departments to solve re-entry and rehabilitation issues, although these institutions are not equipped to do so.
Reverend Don Tolliver interviews FAMU Sociology Professor, Dr. Keith Parker and Annie Grier, the Director of Community Partnerships and Training at IJRD to discuss the impact of mass incarceration, the needs of individuals leaving prisons and jails and returning home, and highlight the upcoming Re-entry Stakeholders' Symposium (Oct 11-12, 2018). Click here for details on the event.
In the third segment of "By Any Means Necessary" Eugene and Sean are joined by Dr. Carrie Pettus-Davis, Associate Professor, Florida State University and Founding Director of the Institute for Justice Research and Development to talk about the high rates of trauma among America's prison population, the needs of returning citizens beyond employment, and how to provide proper emotional and social support for those who were once incarcerated. Interview begins at 36:04
The Brown School is providing national leadership on the Grand Challenges. Michael Sherraden, the George Warren Brown Distinguished University Professor, is co-chair of the Grand Challenges Executive Committee, and provides a webinar overview of the Grand Challenges.
Annie Grier, MSW, is a project manager at the Brown School’s Center for Social Development (CSD), where her work focuses on reversing mass incarceration in the United States. Associate Professor Carrie Pettus-Davis and Grier’s research originated at the Brown School and will be continuing at Florida State University. Pettus-Davis is also a faculty director within CSD.