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From Release to Restoration: Building A Life After Incarceration" Part ll,

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Building A Life After Incarceration" Part ll, What Are the Effects on The Family? Mass incarceration is one of the greatest crises facing people of color today and the penal system has been declared “The door of no return” where the individuals who enter the system have no hope of restoring themselves or transforming their circumstances? With more than 60% of those incarcerated being persons of color, what will be the individual, familial, cultural and societal consequences for this phenomenon? . As thousands of persons involved in the criminal justice system prepare to return to their families and communities, what will they encounter? Are public education, advocacy, and alternatives to incarceration enough to transform the lives, mentalities and values of these individuals or are the odds so heavily stacked against them that the chance for meaningful rehabilitation impossible? Should the government be responsible for supporting the formerly incarcerated as they seek to adopt healthy lifestyles, enter the workforce, form and rebuild families, and rejoin their communities or is it the responsibility of the individual to “find their way”? These important questions and many more will be explored as our panel of experts from the field as well as individuals who have experienced incarceration join us to unpack this provocative topic.

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