Mental Health and mass incarceration

Hopeworks Community

Linda and I went to a community forum tonight hosted in part by the Knoxville Peace and Justice Center as well as other community organizations. The subject was mass incarceration: how many people in jail just don’t need to be there and the social and moral consequences of the choices that we as a society make.

The panelists were varied. There was someone from the sheriff’s office there, a public defender, clergy, academics, community activists and even someone who had recently got out of jail and trying to put his life back together again.

We talked about how if you were male and black the chances in Knoxville were sky high of you going to jail. We talked about the role mental health issues played in people going to jail and the role they played in jail and suicide and how many people were lost to the trauma and injury…

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