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Week 3: Criminal Justice Reform
Today's Challenge: Racial Disparities in Incarceration
Today, we will discuss the impact of racial disparities in incarceration in this country. Building on last week's discussion of education and the school-to-prison pipeline, mass incarceration of targeted demographics has an effect not only on the individual but entire ethnic and religious groups and future generations.

We Challenge You To Take...

Read this article about "American History, Race and Prison" dating back to the 1840s and how people of color, in both the north and the south, were disproportionately affected throughout history. 
Muslims make up about 9% of state prisoners, though they are only about 1% of the U.S. population, a new report finds. Listen to this report which sheds light on the obstacles some incarcerated Muslims face in prison while practicing their faith.
Watch or listen to this TED Talk with human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson as he discusses the layers of the criminal justice system and why a third of the country's Black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their life. 
The existence of racial disparity in the criminal justice system has a ripple effect on nearly every other social system. Read this article and infographic to learn about some solutions that chip away at those racial disparities.

Take a Deeper Dive 

With more than 2 million people currently imprisoned in the U.S., conversations look to identify the root cause of mass incarceration. While some blame certain pieces of legislation, Reggie Jackson of America's Black Holocaust Museum, says it's the result of a “complex web of laws and policy decisions that created this issue.” If you're interested in taking a deeper dive into today's topic, listen to this 30 minute segment to learn more about his thoughts on mass incarceration, the "war on drugs," and racial disparities in imprisonment.

We Want to Hear from You! 

Since we are halfway through the 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge, we would appreciate if you would complete this survey and let us know your thoughts thus far. 

Click HERE for the 5 question survey!

Criminal Justice Reform Week Action Items

Consider this reentry program volunteer opportunity to help the recently incarcerated move into a successful life and become positive contributors to our community.

Since 2014, The Marshall Project has been curating some of the best criminal justice reporting from around the web. In these records you will find the most recent and the most authoritative articles on the topics, people and events that are shaping the criminal justice conversation. Explore this page full of videos, articles, etc., from various viewpoints on the prison system.
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