Community to Discuss ‘Mass Incarceration’ Feb. 23 at MCC

Mass Incarceration Poster

The community is invited to attend the panel discussion of “Mass Incarceration: Balancing Justice and Public Safety” on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 6-8 p.m. in MCC’s Overbrook Theater.

The event, the fifth in Muskegon Community College’s “And Justice for All” series, is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored with the ACLU of Michigan, the series was made possible by a grant from the John G. Thompson College and Community Fund.

The panel of experts includes: Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler; Muskegon Correctional Facility Warden Sherry Burt; Muskegon Community College Psychologist Dr. Sherri Deboef Chandler; and former prisoner and rehabilitation expert Cliff Washington. The moderated discussion will include questions from the audience.

In 2013, more than 2.2 million people were incarcerated in U.S. jails or prisons marking a 400 percent increase since 1980. Jail and prison are the central ways that offenders are punished, rehabilitated, and deterred in society.

The panelists will address several questions. Has the increased use of prison and jail improved public safety? Why has there been such an increase of people in prison? What are the most common crimes that land people in jail and prison? Who makes up our prison population? Is incarceration an effective way to rehabilitate offenders? Are there alternatives to jail and prison that should be considered?

For more information, contact the MCC Office of Student Services at (231) 777-0266.