The Center for Church and Prison, Inc. is a resource and research center working towards community revitalization through sentencing reform and strategic solution development and intervention in the high rate of incarceration and recidivism in the United States criminal justice system. The Center for Church and Prison, Inc. works with religious leaders and organizations, community leaders, and non-religious organizations in providing prescriptive resources and strategic responses in ending mass incarceration and mass Black incarceration in the United States criminal justice system. How can we help you or your organization end mass incarceration?
Locked Up and Locked Down
Locked Up and Locked Down Multitude Lingers in Limbo: Revised Edition is a quest for solution to deal with the high rate of incarceration. It is both descriptive and prescriptive.
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The United States has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s incarcerated population. With over 7.3 million on parole, probation, in jails, in prisons, or under some form of correctional supervision. Mass incarceration in the United States is a humanitarian crisis. Religious leaders, Community leaders, Political leaders, and Humanitarians cannot remain silent.
The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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“Rev. Walters-Sleyon and The Center for Church and Prison, Inc, are engaged in extraordinary work mending lives, reviving hope, and empowering communities to build a transformative movement to end the racialized system of mass incarceration in the United States – a system that has decimated entire neighborhoods, destroyed families, and profoundly altered the life course of millions, especially Black men.” Michelle Alexander, Esq. Author: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. (click to see gallery)
“Studies on Religion and Recidivism: Focus on Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan.” This research was conducted by The Center for Church and Prison in 2010-2011. It raises the question if religion can be considered a viable partner in the reduction of the high rate of recidivism associated with mass incarceration in the United States as a result of religious conversion in the life of the prisoner or former prisoner ? With a particular focus on three neighborhoods of Boston-Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan-this study examines the relevance of religion and faith-based organizations in lowering the high rate of recidivism associated with incarceration in the prisons of the Massachusetts Department of Correction.
Report of the International Symposium to consider the future direction of custody for women in Scotland
Rev. Walters was involved in compiling this very useful report from the Scottish Prison Service 2015 International Symposium to Consider the Future Direction of Custody for Women in Scotland. It was published today. It is entitled: “From Vision to Reality-Transforming Scotland’s Care of Women in Custody“. This report represents the Scottish Government’s strategic plan on caring for women in Scottish custody. Female presenters at the two days symposium came from across Europe, South Africa, the US and other parts of the UK. It provides an important window into the European model on alternatives to incarceration for women. I suggest you read this report if you are interested in helping women incarcerated or those coming out of incarceration. It provides an important policy perspective on providing care for women that activists can also use to influence sentencing and post-prison policies for women.