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Overcriminalized: Alternatives to Incarceration
September 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
September 17th, 2020 | 7 – 9 PM | Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta / Zoom Online
THIRD THURSDAY SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM SERIES
OVERCRIMINALIZED: ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION
NOTE: This series has been incorporated into The New Jim Crow Discussion Series. Please register HERE!
It seems that for almost every social problem that pops up, we turn to the criminal justice system. Suffering from mental illness? Here’s a cell. Struggling with drug dependency? Let’s throw you in handcuffs. Sleeping on the street? Here’s an arrest record.
And if you are a person of color, the criminal justice crackdown can be even worse.
How could it possibly make sense to saddle police officers and prison wardens with sole responsibility for helping people get a roof over their head? Or to task lawyers and judges with treating mental illness or helping people get sober? Simply making problems into “crimes” is just making things worse.
OverCriminalized focuses on the people who find themselves being trafficked through this nation’s criminal justice system with little regard for their humanity and zero prospects for actual justice. They are victims of unwillingness to invest in solving major social problems, and the consequent handling off of that responsibility to the police, the courts, and the prisons. They are the mentally ill, the homeless, and the drug addicted. Sometimes they are all three.
DISCUSSION: Join us for a discussion of the current situation and how we might address these issues with our Special Guests:
Omeeka Loggins, State Court Solicitor
Jared Williams, Candidate for District Attorney
Natalie Payne, Incumbent and Candidate for District Attorney
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