In The Media
The Center For Church and Prison is a resource and research center working towards community revitalization through prison reform. Our goal is strategic solution development and intervention in the high rate of incarceration and recidivism affecting especially men and youth of color in the United States prison system not forgetting women.
The United States has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s incarcerated population. With over 7.3 million on parole, probation, in jails, in prisons, or under some form of correctional supervision, the United States has the honor of incarcerating more of its citizens than other country in the world. Blacks and Hispanics are less than 32% of US general population but over 60% of US incarcerated population. Black men are over 40% of America’s correctional population with Black women and juveniles disproportionate rate of incarceration.
Investing in education has a higher dividend than investing in mass incarceration. Those incarcerated are also the intellectual capital of a nation. Their mass incarceration signals the mass incarceration of the intellectual capital of any nation. “Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.”― Frederick Douglass
“Rev. Walters-Sleyon and The Center for Church and Prison, Inc, are engaged in extraordinary work mending lives, reviving hope, and empowering communities to build a transformative movement to end the racialized system of mass incarceration in the United States – a system that has decimated entire neighborhoods, destroyed families, and profoundly altered the life course of millions, especially Black men.”
Michelle Alexander, Esq.
Author: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.
This research article raises the question of whether religion can be considered a viable partner in the reduction of the high rate of recidivism associated with the increasing mass incarceration in the United States. Can sustainable transformation in the life of a prisoner or former prisoner as a result of religious conversion be subjected to evidenced-based practices to derive impartial conclusions about the value of religion in their lives? With a particular focus on three neighborhoods of Boston-Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan-this study examines the relevance of religion and faith-based organizations in lowering the high rate of recidivism associated with incarceration in the prisons of the Massachusetts Department of Correction. This research was undertaken by The Center for Church and Prison,Inc. It also highlights the existential implications of the disproportionate rates of incarceration in the lives of families and friends associated with incarcerated individuals. (Read More)