The United States imprisons more people than any other nation, including China and Russia. Out of 2.3 million adults in prisons and jails, 65 percent have a substance abuse addiction. Does locking up more and more people make our streets safer? Is there a better solution to imprisoning individuals struggling with addiction?
Join the Post Prison Education Program (PPEP) and Brave New Films for a film screening and a panel discussion about mass incarceration, sentencing reform and alternative solutions to incarcerating people suffering from drug addiction.
This event will feature a screening of Brave New Films’ two short films – Sentencing Reform: The Power of Fear and Sentencing Reform: Drug Addiction – followed by a panel discussion with Robert Greenwald, founder and president of Brave New Films; Del Lausa, Senior Program Manager of DESC (Downtown Emergency Service Center); Jo Jensen, survivor and aunt of former Post-Prison Education Program student Joseph Gary Jensen; Shelly Klier, Post-Prison Education Program graduate; Adrian Tunney and Keith Whiteman, current students of Post-Prison Education Program; and Ari Kohn, co-founder and president of Post-Prison Education Program. Moderated by Linda Perlstein, New York Times bestselling author and consultant.