A disproportionately high percentage of those incracerated in the United States are Black and Hispanic men. Upon release, their criminal record can impede succssful entry into society, blocking access to jobs, education, and housing.At the Jewish Center of Princeton, the social action committee will hold a panel discussion on the Michelle Alexander book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, on Sunday, December 8, 10 to noon. The panel includes Herman Carvente, resarch assistant at the Center on Youth Justice, Vera Institute of Justice; Lisa L. Miller, associate professor of political science at Rutgers; Ryan Shanahan, senior program associate at the Family Justice Program, Vera Institute of Justice; and Perry Shaw III, executive director of A Better Way. This discussion will add to an ongoing conversation by Princeton area congregations about this troubling issue and also provide a Jewish context for concern.
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