The United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the world. We are home to less than 5% of the global population, yet we have over 20% of the world’s prisoners (International Centre for Prison Studies). The punitive policies and biases of the criminal justice system have created a mass incarceration crisis that drains resources, undermines rehabilitation, and destabilizes communities. How did we get here? Is it possible to fix these systems and pursue genuine justice?
We invite you to consider these questions and more on Wednesday, March 20, at the next Catalyst on Campus event, Locked in Solidarity. Dr. Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom and Rev. Dominique Gilliard, author of Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores, will discuss the roots of mass incarceration and the role that Christians can play in transforming our nation’s approach to justice.
Dr. Clifton-Soderstrom teaches theology and ethics at North Park Theological Seminary. She also started and directs the seminary’s Master of Arts in Christian Ministry program at Stateville Correctional Center. Rev. Gilliard is the Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Love Mercy Do Justice mission priority of the Evangelical Covenant Church.
This free event is sponsored by the Love Mercy Do Justice mission priority of the Evangelical Covenant Church. All are encouraged to attend!