The United States is by far the largest incarcerator in the world, and perhaps in human history. Blacks and Latinos have bore the brunt of this now 30-year long offensive, which knows no geographical limits.
For about a year now, Decarcerate NJ has been hosting forums in New Jersey communities most effected by the absence of New Jersey’s residents who don’t live at home – the 32,000 people serving terms in prisons and held in county jails. As in every state, many are confined for non-violent drug related offenses or have yet to be convicted of anything at all. Plainfield View covered Decarcerate’s outreach event in New Brunswick this summer.
Next stop, Plainfield.
According to a recent press release, Decarcerate NJ will co-host a forum at Plainfield Public Library on Thursday, February 24th, in conjunction with the Plainfield Chapter of the People’s Organization for Progress, anti-violence group Keeping Youth & Streets Safe, better known as KYSS, and this blog, Plainfield View.
“This fight is personal,” says KYSS co-founder Sabrina Lyttleton. “I’m raising a son in a society that is designed for him to fail. What kind of mother would I be if I didn’t fight for his rights?”
Decarcerate NJ’s goal, endorsed by both KYSS and Plainfield POP, is for a 50% reduction in New Jersey’s prison population through the release of non-violent offenders. Such action would bring immediate relief to thousands of inmates and their families – who often suffer nearly as much as the imprisoned – as well as human and financial resources to communities across the state.
The February 24th forum will begin at 6:00PM in the Anne Louise Davis room of the Plainfield Library. All are strongly encouraged to attend the free event, especially those who can bring young people.