Welcome to the conversation!

Welcome to the conversation!

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

The Stowe Center is a 21st-century museum and program center using Stowe's story to inspire social justice and positive change.

The Salons at Stowe programs are a forum to connect the challenging issues (race, gender and class) that impelled Stowe to write and act with the contemporary face of those same issues. The Salon format is based on a robust level of audience participation, with the explicit goal of promoting civic engagement. Recent topics included: Teaching Acceptance; Is Prison the New Slavery; Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North; Creativity and Change; Race, Gender and Politics Today; How to be an Advocate

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Decrease in #recidivism rates in Connecticut

Last year, many Stowe Center programs focused on mass incarceration in the United States, drawing inspiration from 2013 Stowe Prize Winner Michelle Alexander's landmark book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness. Salons and other programs around this topic also included discussion on recidivism rates, or the likelihood of relapsing into criminal behavior.

The National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) recently released Reducing Recidivism: States Deliver Results which highlights "statewide recidivism data for adults released in 2007 and 2010 with a three-year follow-up period, offering a current snapshot of criminal justice outcomes in these states." The report, which features work done by Mike Lawlor, CT Under Secretary for Criminal Justice Policy & Planning and panelist for the 2013 Stowe Prize program with Michelle Alexander, reveals that Connecticut is one of only eight states nationally that have reduced recidivism rates. Clearly, there is still work to be done and the featured strategies must be applied in more states.

What do recidivism rates mean for the future of our society and the prison system? How can we change criminal behaviors and continue to reduce recidivism rates? How will you advocate for continue criminal justice reform in your state?

Be sure to explore the Reducing Recidivism report and watch the Increasing Public Safety, Reducing Recidivism, and Cutting Corrections Spending presentation below.

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