Saturday, May 3, 2008
A New Jail?!: Exploring Alternatives to Incarceration in Monroe County
310A S. Washington St.
Bloomington, IN 47401
123 S. Walnut St.
Bloomington, IN 47401
A day of popular education that will explore alternatives to the current proposal of building new adult and youth jails in Bloomington. Through interactive workshops featuring community members, non-profits, experienced activists, and YOU, we will explore: What is the history of incarceration in Monroe County? What are some existing community alternatives to incarceration in Bloomington and other parts of the country? What have successful campaigns to challenge other jail constructions looked like? Several workshops will offer education, training, and networking opportunities for local folks questioning the need for new jails. The dayâ€™s events will culminate with special guest speaker Kai Barrow from Critical Resistance. This is an open event, with people from all backgrounds and political beliefs encouraged to attend.
Workshop One- 11:00 am, Boxcar Books
A discussion and Presentation on the History of the Monroe County Jail System
This workshop will begin with an interview from Indiana University Criminal Justice Department faculty member, Hal Pepinsky. Following the interview will be a facilitated discussion on the history of the jail, encouraging input from community members in piecing together the jail’s history and the sharing of personal and familial experiences with the jail.
Workshop Two- 2:00 pm, Boxcar Books
A Panel Discussion on Alternatives to Incarceration
This workshop will explore community alternatives to incarceration in Bloomington, as well as highlight successful initiatives from around the country. Representatives from different organizations will speak briefly about how their work keeps people out of jail by offering positive responses to poverty, homelessness, hunger, and conflict that enrich and restore community. Workshop attendees will be able to offer their own perspectives on what makes a community safe and whole.
Film Screening- 4:00 pm, The Cinemat
Yes, In My Backyard, A documentary by Tracy Huling
Financially-strapped communities are now begging for prisons to be built in their backyards. With plundering agribusiness, military-base closings and major industry relocation, incarceration is seen as the salvation of rural communities. Through the eyes of one farming-community-turned-prison-town, this hour documentary explores the increasing and multi-layered dependence of rural America on prison industries and subtly probes the profound implications of this dependence for both the keepers and the kept, and for our society’s understanding of and response to crime.
Workshop Three- 6:00 pm, Boxcar Books
Potluck Dinner and Discussion with Kai Barrow from Critical Resistance
Kai Barrow, one of five paid staff persons for Critical Resistance, a national grassroots organization committed to ending societyâ€™s use of prisons and policing as an answer to social problems, will lead a discussion
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