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Mass Incarceration as a National Health Crisis
July 22, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
We delve into mass incarceration at the intersection of environmental justice and public health. We will join Kempis “Ghani” Songster in an exploration of the impacts of jails and prisons on the health and well-being of individuals and communities, with a focus on an aspect of mass incarceration that has not been commonly discussed — toxicity. We will take a look at how the destructive effects of prisons extend well beyond the people who are incarcerated. It seeps into the communities that they were taken from and will return to, as well as in the physical environment prisons are built in. It will become clearer for us that mass incarceration is more than a social problem. It is a national health crisis that we must come together to cure with what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called “the fierce urgency of now.”