October 18, 2015

A Call to End Solitary Confinement: A Conversation with NRCAT

On any given day in the United States and Canada, more than 80,000 adults and youth are held in solitary confinement. Even more disturbing is the reality that there is a widespread practice of holding a disproportionate number of people of color in solitary confinement in United States prisons and in Canadian correctional facilities. Prolonged long-term solitary confinement has detrimental psychological and physiological effects. And studies have shown that at least half of all prison suicides occur in solitary confinement.

Join the National Benevolent Association (NBA) and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) to discuss these challenging realities and explore how the church should respond to this practice. This webinar is offered in response to the 2015 Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) General Assembly resolution: GA-1525 Item for Reflection and Research: A Call to End Solitary Confinement.

Webinar Presenters

Rev. Dean Bucalos, Project Coordinator, Mission Behind Bars and Beyond; Mission Specialist, NBA Prison and Jail Ministries Affinity Group

Rev. Laura Markle Downton, Director of U.S. Prison Policy and Program, National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT)

Mr. Johnny Perez, Non-Attorney Mental Health Advocate, Urban Justice Center's Mental Health Project

Moderated by Rev. Monica Wedlock Kilpatrick, Director of the Disciples Care Exchange and NBA Affinity Group Ministries

To register for the webinar, click here.

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