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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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Returning from Prison and Re-integrating into Society

With nearly 1,200 individuals released from prison everyday, the issue of returning home and readjusting to society is critical in policy discussions of justice reform. On Tuesday, August 5th, John Dankosky of WNPR’s Where We Live premiered the segment “Leaving Prison and Re-entering Society,” tackling this very issue of returning from incarceration. The conversation included Laura Sullivan, an NPR investigative reporter behind the recent series “Life After ‘Life’: Aging Inmates Struggle for Redemption,” Stephen Lanza, the Executive & Clinical Director of Family ReEntry, Inc., Mike Lawlor of Connecticut’s Criminal Justice Policy & Planning Division, John Santa of the Malta Justice Imperative, and Jeff Brenneman and Greg Wells, two individuals recently released from prison. You can listen to the segment HERE.

The program focused on the challenges individuals face when returning home from prison and re-entering what is often a changed society. In July, we facilitated Coming Home After Prison: A New Reality, a Salon on this same topic featuring guests Rev. Jeff Grant and LaResse Harvey. Both individuals spoke on their experiences reintegrating into their communities after periods of incarceration. Conversations at the Salon focused on concepts of prison conditions, the parole system, and over-incarceration.

What is our role as community members to ensure individuals returning from incarceration are given the resources to properly reenter society? What are the ramifications if we do not provide these resources? What are ways we can take action on prison conditions and over-incarceration? Let us know what you think! 

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