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Undoing Violence to Dismantle Mass Incarceration

September 24 @ 8:45 am-11:45 am


Throughout 2021, the four-part virtual series on Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration (URMI) has been addressing the criminalization of those with mental health disorders and where we need to direct our organizing and activism.

Mass incarceration depends on asserting white supremacy through over-policing and over-prosecution of nonviolent offenses. This system also creates an endless loop of incarceration, release without supports, re-arrest, re-incarceration, and long sentences for so-called “violent offenders” while failing to address the sources of violence. These include mental health issues arising from historical trauma, adverse childhood events, and the daily effects of racial and economic oppression.

Join us on Sept. 24 as we discuss mass incarceration and mental health through the lens of violence, the ineffectiveness and inhumanity of punishment, and what effective responses look like. An audience Q&A will follow, after which we will gather in circle discussions to address plans for action.

Hosted by Metropolitan State University’s School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, Human Services Department, and the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship. Questions? Email Dr. Therissa Libby (she/her) at therissa.libby@metrostate.edu.


Metropolitan State University
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