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Better Together series explores the effects of incarceration

March 11, 2013 at 9:14 pm

We frequently hear statistics and stories about crime and criminals, prison and inmates, and parole and recidivism in the United States. However, the stories of prisoners’ children, spouses, parents, and partners left behind are often neglected.

This week, the Spiritual Life Program and a student interfaith action group (Better Together) will host a diverse panel with direct experiences of this issue. Panelists will share stories, highlight the difficulties of having a loved one incarcerated, and share information they’d want students to know in “The Other Side of the Bars: The Effects of Incarceration on the Families Left Behind.”

The event will take place Wednesday (March 13) at 7 p.m. in Moore Lounge of Pearsons Hall, and will include insights from Officer Lorenzo Henderson of the Beloit Police Department; Elise Giammanco’13; John Miller, of Madison Urban Ministry; and Shawna Lutzow, of Rock Valley Community Programs and Madison Urban Ministry. Debbie Dyslin’13 will moderate.