Addressing Mass Incarceration In the Urban Centers

The social and economic conditions of the inner cities are exacerbated by the high rate of incarceration that creates a permanent underclass, tears apart families, and leaves people living from emergency to emergency.  And of course, there is a b-line straight from high school to the penitentiary, or the cemetery. We would use the Blackboard Collaborate room to create a virtual classroom to be shared by our Social Justice Academy students and the inmates from the Medium Security Federal Correctional Institute at Otisville, NY. Here, all of the participants will learn critical thinking skills as high school students gain an awareness and understanding of the criminal justice system that is affecting their lives from those who have experienced it first hand, while sharing their insights on the issues that plague the urban centers, which many of the inmates will one day return to. 

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