“Education is Public Safety” – Supporting justice-involved learners
By Dakota Pawlicki
The United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the world with more than 2 million Americans incarcerated at any point in time. Each year, our prison system releases nearly 600,000 individuals back to their families and communities. Our guests today are focused on ensuring that all those impacted by incarceration – the individual, family, community, and America broadly – have the support and opportunities inside and outside of prison to lead a successful life. We begin with Dr. Danette Howard and Haley Glover from Lumina Foundation who provide a national perspective on this work and describe Lumina’s emerging efforts to better serve those impacted by incarceration. Michael Mendoza from the Anti-Recidivism Coalition joins us to talk about his efforts in California before we conclude with Syrita Steib-Martin from Operation Restoration in New Orleans who is providing direct support to women and girls impacted by incarceration and leading “Ban the Box” initiatives around the United States.