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Rev. J. George Walters-Sleyon

The  Center for Church and Prison, Inc. is a resource and research center  working towards community revitalization through sentencing reform and strategic solution development and intervention in the high rate of incarceration and recidivism in the United States criminal justice system. The Center for Church and Prison, Inc. works with religious leaders and organizations, community leaders, and non-religious organizations in providing prescriptive resources and strategic responses in ending mass incarceration and mass Black incarceration in the United States criminal justice system. How can we help you or your organization end mass incarceration?

Locked Up and Locked Down

Locked Up and Locked Down Multitude Lingers in Limbo: Revised Edition  is a quest for solution to deal with the high rate of incarceration. It is both descriptive and prescriptive.

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Incarcerated Population

Mass Incarceration in the United States

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. Mass incarceration in the United States is a humanitarian crisis. Religious leaders, Community leaders, Political leaders, and Humanitarians cannot remain silent.

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Bipartisan Summit: Criminal Justice Reform

Bipartisan Summit: Criminal Justice Reform

Save the Date: 2015 Conf. on Ending Mass Incarceration and the Sch.-to-Prison Pipeline

Conference Theme: "Mass Educate Don't Mass Incarcerate, the Way Forward."

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Why Prisons are Lucretive in the United States

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Resolution from the City of Boston to Prof. Alexander

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“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. (click to see gallery)

“Studies on Religion and Recidivism: Focus on Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan.” 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)