As part of our Year of Awareness Building, we invite you to join us on Friday February 10, 2017 for a screening of 13th, a 2016 American documentary by director Centered on , the film’s title was inspired by the which outlawed slavery (unless as punishment for a crime). DuVernay's documentary argues that slavery is effectively being perpetuated through the prison industrial complex.
So what does this mean for comprehensive community development? Well, there are 50,556 Ohioans currently incarcerated in state prison. In CY2015, just over 23,000 individuals were released from state prison. It costs $24,763 to incarcerate an individual in Ohio’s state prisons, which is paid for by taxpayer dollars. Unfortunately, Cuyahoga County sends the highest (which over the past 10 years has decreased) percentage (13%) out of all 88 counties to state prison (followed by Hamilton and Franklin counties, respectively). In CY 2014, 3,248 individuals were released from state prison and returned to Cuyahoga County. The collateral consequences resulting from a criminal conviction haven't proven to create restrictions that eliminate or reduce access to social safety nets, employment, educational opportunities and other basic needs. While the data on Cleveland specific prison releases is very outdated, anecdotal evidence strongly suggests that the majority of individuals returning to the county are in fact coming back to Cleveland.
As comprehensive community development advocates, we must educate ourselves on the systematic and racially divisive challenges faced by people returning from incarceration. We invite you to view this documentary, followed by a short discussion. Lunch will be available at 11:30am. The documentary will begin promptly at 12:00pm.
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