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Research and Reentry Series: The Myth of the Dangerous Criminal
Start Date: 10/24/2015Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Date: 10/24/2015End Time: 5:00 PM

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The Myth of the Dangerous Criminal

 Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM 
The Riverside Church

Featuring guest speakers:  Bruce Western, Robert Fullilove, Ana Oliveira, Jeff Smith, Nazgol Ghandnoosh, and Jesse Wegman

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“The Myth of the Dangerous Criminal” will bring together national thought leaders, activists and formerly incarcerated people to explore America’s reflexive, fearful response to people convicted of violent crimes and how we as a society might create a more honest, humane narrative about them in the movement for a just society.

The conference will challenge the conventional wisdom that has taken hold throughout this nation as consensus grows that mass incarceration is a failed system: “We should release from prison and offer support to only those who are “low risk,” i.e. only those who’ve committed nonviolent crimes.” President Obama echoed this conventional wisdom recently when he took his message of reform to an Oklahoma prison and said “…I don’t have tolerance for violent criminals. Many of them may have made mistakes, but we need to keep our communities safe.”

Co-Hosted by: The Prisoner Reentry Institute, American Friends Service Committee, JustLeadershipUSA, Prison Ministry of the Riverside Church, Think Outside the Cell Foundation and Prisoner Action Network

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