Community to Discuss ‘Mass Incarceration: Balancing Justice and Public Safety’

Muskegon Community College

And Justice for All

Community to Discuss ‘Mass Incarceration: Balancing Justice and Public Safety’

Tuesday, February 23
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Muskegon Community College
221 S. Quarterline Rd. Muskegon, MI 49442

The community is invited to attend the panel discussion of “Mass Incarceration: Balancing Justice and Public Safety” on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 6-8 p.m. in MCC’s Overbrook Theater.

The event, the fifth in Muskegon Community College’s “And Justice for All” series, is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored with the ACLU of Michigan, the series was made possible by a grant from the John G. Thompson College and Community Fund.

The panel of experts includes: Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler; Muskegon Correctional Facility Warden Sherry Burt; Muskegon Community College Psychologist Dr. Sherri Deboef Chandler; and former prisoner and rehabilitation expert Cliff Washington. The moderated discussion will include questions from the audience.

In 2013, more than 2.2 million people were incarcerated in U.S. jails or prisons marking a 400 percent increase since 1980. Jail and prison are the central ways that offenders are punished, rehabilitated, and deterred in society.

The panelists will address several questions. Has the increased use of prison and jail improved public safety? Why has there been such an increase of people in prison? What are the most common crimes that land people in jail and prison? Who makes up our prison population? Is incarceration an effective way to rehabilitate offenders? Are there alternatives to jail and prison that should be considered?

For more information, contact the MCC Office of Student Services at (231) 777-0266.

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2 replies
  1. Melissa klos
    Melissa klos says:

    One yet has replied to this, and I’ve just heard 9f this program, unbelievable. Yes, I’ve had a family member incarcerated. I did something I feel, actually I was told by mdoc staff, administration ect…that 8d n9 choice. …but get involved with my 18 year old nephews time locked up. Every facility he was transferred to…warden received a letter from myself, introducing his newest inmate and his background, along with his fantastic super support system. His habits, let warden remember he’d scored a 30 on his ACT at mound. I refused, to allow nephew to use time unwisely and learn to become a better criminal. Every facility knew I was keeping watch on nephew; ) 27 now, out and going fantastic!

    • Karen Woods
      Karen Woods says:

      Hooray for you, Melissa! You literally became your nephew’s mentor — even from a distance. May we all have your tenacity and commitment to see people who have made bad choices learn that they can live better and truly enjoy life, friends, and family. People like you make Muskegon a better place. Thank you.


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