Courageous Conversations: Prisons
Saturday, October 22, 2022 — 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Join us for an open, respectful discussion of prisons. All backgrounds and viewpoints are welcome in the discussion. Each participant is asked to read this month’s articles on the topic prior to the discussion.
October 22, 2022
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
234 Kensington Road
Is the purpose of prisons to punish or rehabilitate? Does America’s prison system work?
The U.S. incarcerates more of its own citizens than any other country in the world, drastically affecting the lives of even more than those who are incarcerated. How does this affect our society as a whole? We invite people of all backgrounds and opinions to join us as we discuss these issues and others related to our prison system.
Please read the recommended articles before attending. You may pick up a copy at the library or read them online.
Prior to the conversation, please read this month’s articles. Printed copies are available at the Library.
Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2022
Report from the Prison Policy Initiative
This article is lengthy but very valuable. If you aren’t able to read the entire article, focus on the “The Big Picture” and “8 Myths” sections.
Besides the resources listed below, you may also choose to do further reading from other sources. If you do so, keep these guidelines in mind:
- Choose a reputable source
Check out the credentials of the author or publication and look for a fact-based article or book. Don’t waste time reading opinion pieces from someone who’s trying to rile you up.
- Exit your echo chamber
Look for a thoughtful article or book from someone whose opinion differs from yours. Learn what the other side says and keep guideline #1 in mind when you choose this source.
Ear Hustle Podcast
This podcast, started in 2017, is hosted by Nigel Poor, a visual artist, and Earlonne Woods, formerly incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison. The podcast focuses on life inside prison and features personal voices and stories.
Criminal Justice Facts
Fact sheet from the Sentencing Project
Both Sides of the Bars: How Mass Incarceration Punishes Families from Prison Policy Initiative
Briefing from the Prison Policy Initiative
Do Prisons Make Us Safer?
Article from Scientific American
What are Courageous Conversations?
Courageous Conversations is a small-group discussion series that will provide an opportunity for people of all backgrounds and viewpoints to discuss important local, cultural, social, and political issues in a safe environment where differing opinions, patient listening, and respectful discussion are welcomed as a necessary part of building connection with others and identifying shared values. Participants may be asked to read short articles, books, or listen to podcasts prior to the meetings and will be asked to abide by our shared discussion guidelines.
Library staff will facilitate the conversations and ensure that all participants have the opportunity to share in the discussion.
The event is in person and attendance space is limited; please remember to register.
Check out the Courageous Conversations page for a complete list of upcoming and past conversation topics!