Richard Gere and Carey Lowell read prison writings
Posted by metaphorical on 29 November 2006
Our nation’s prison population has soared by more than 600% since the 1970s, despite a drop in crime rates. As of 2005, over two million people were imprisoned in this country: almost one in every 136 U.S. residents.Black men, who make up 6% of the U.S. population, comprise over 40% of our prison population. A black male born today has a 32% chance of spending time in prison.Eleven states do not allow ex-cons to vote. Nearly 2,800,000 American children have at least one parent in prison or jail.
What does this mean for our democracy?
RICHARD GERE and CAREY LOWELL
Read Prison Writings
Thursday, November 30
Tischman Auditorium: 66 West 12th St., NYC
For tickets, please call (212) 229-5776, ext. 3121 or visit http://www.socres.org/punishment/