Mass Education Not Mass Incarceration

Mass Education Not Mass Incarceration

The Center For Church and Prison is a resource and research center working towards  community revitalization through prison reform. Our goal is strategic solution development and intervention in the high rate of incarceration and recidivism affecting especially  men and  youth of color in the United States prison system not forgetting women.

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, the United States has the honor of incarcerating more of its citizens than other country in the world. Blacks and Hispanics are less than 32% of US general population but over 60% of US incarcerated population. Black men are over 40% of America’s correctional population with Black women and juveniles disproportionate rate of incarceration.

Investing in education has a  higher dividend  than investing in mass incarceration. Those incarcerated are also the intellectual capital of a nation.  Their mass incarceration signals the mass incarceration of the intellectual capital of any  nation. “Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.”Frederick Douglass

April 2014
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Register Today:  2014 Clergy and Religious Leaders Conference on Mass Incarceration in the United States Prison System: May 1-3: Boston

May 1-3,  St. John Missionary Baptist Church: May 1-2 Twelfth Street Baptist Church: May 3. Boston

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21st Century Slavery: Mass Incarceration in America

Resolution from the City of Boston to Prof. Alexander


“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.

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Studies on Religion and Recidivism: Focus on Roxbury, Focus on Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan.”

This research article raises the question of whether religion can be considered a viable partner in the reduction of the high rate of recidivism associated with the increasing mass incarceration in the United States. Can sustainable transformation in the life of a prisoner or former prisoner as a result of religious conversion be subjected to evidenced-based practices to derive impartial conclusions about the value of religion in their lives? 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. This research was undertaken by The Center for Church and Prison,Inc. It also highlights the existential implications of the disproportionate rates of incarceration in the lives of families and friends associated with incarcerated individuals. (Read More)