U.S. Prisons: Perception vs. Reality

On Monday, April 8 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, Church and Society Ministry will present U.S. Prisons: Perception vs. Reality, an informational program on an incarceration system that costs us $81 billion a year and holds 2,200,000 inmates. The program will explore the myths we hold regarding the prison population and the realities that raise questions about our justice system’s efficiency and equity.

Specifically, who is in prison?

Should the lack of personal resources enhance your odds of imprisonment?

Is our prison system equipped to accommodate and treat an ever-increasing inmate population of the mentally ill?

What can we do as individuals and as a congregation to improve the human pipeline from the courtroom to a prison cell?

The program will include a presentation on our prison system and small group discussions on the above questions.

Our featured speaker is Mr. Jeremiah Wade-Olson. Jeremiah is a member at Berkley First and an assistant professor at the University of Michigan. He has done extensive research on the U.S. prison system.

The content of this program is targeted to adults as well as high school age and older youth.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Frank Driscoll (248-666-5021 or email).