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The Human Costs of The Prison Industrial Complex

June 5, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

FFOIP“More than 2.2 million men, women and children live behind bars in the U.S. The overuse and abuse of incarceration is one of the most pressing human rights concerns of our time.” – The Correctional Association of New York

We want to change this. Family & Friends of Incarcerated People and the Institute for Policy Studies host this second forum of a two part series focused upon exposing the impact of the Prison Industrial Complex on individuals, families and communities.

This second forum will focus on the impact of mass incarceration on communities, using short video and a panel discussion with the insights of formerly incarcerated men who are now giving back to their communities in profound ways. The panel will also feature people to discuss ways to formulate and move some national legislation addressing mass incarceration.


  • Seema Sadanandan, filmmaker, lawyer and organizer for the ACLU of the Nation’s Capital
  • Andrea Miller, Co-director Progressive Democrats of America’s Capitol Hill letter drops and Hill meetings and works to promote felony voting in parts of the South
  • Rick Seeney, facilitator/mentor for Family & Friends of Incarcerated People (FFOIP)
  • Lawann and Markia Smith, children of a currently incarcerated person

Moderator: Luqman M. Abdullah a founding member of the Students Against Mass Incarceration (S.A.M.I) organization at Howard University.


June 5, 2013
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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