Learn to advocate for criminal justice reform at this weekend’s Breaking Down Walls conference – Generocity Philly
The conference, happening this Saturday, May 6, is for those who want to learn, build community, find resources for people who were previously incarcerated and their family members, and find ways to advocate for ongoing reform. This is no longer a partisan issue – it is one that impacts all of us and of which we are all a part.
Next summer, Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program will create a public art installation about criminal justice reform called “Voices.” Until then, it will foster discussions and workshops focused on solutions to the problems of mass incaceration. The first workshop took place Wednesday afternoon at Graterford prison, a maximum security state correctional institute in Montgomery County.
New Mural Arts project brings the voices of those most impacted by mass incarceration to the forefront
Which country has the highest number of incarcerated people per capita?
The United States is the world leader in incarcerating its citizens, imprisoning 2.3 million people per year. The U.S. has 4.4 percent of the world’s population and 22 percent of the world’s prisoners.
The stunning numbers tell a dismal story: Decimated communities, a poorly trained workforce, and large segments of the population marginalized and left behind. This is a failure, magnified on a nationwide scale. It is a failure of our culture of incarceration, a culture that does not provide space for treatment and rehabilitation.
But we can take steps to ignite change in this system.