What do we do with prisoners once they are freed?
A close look at what organizers are characterizing as a "broken" criminal legal system is on tap in Newberg in early March.
Remnant Initiatives, in conjunction with the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, will present "Hearing the Cries: Healing Injustice" on March 6-7 at Newberg First Presbyterian Church, 501 Mission Drive.
"This event brings a holistic lens to being in relationship with our justice-involved neighbors: helping people of faith and goodwill to learn about what's broken in our criminal legal system, its effects on our communities and how we can take action to work toward healing injustice locally," the organization said in a press release.
On the evening of March 6 there will be a screening of the documentary movie "The House I Live In," followed by a discussion.
The movie, according to the press release, "captures heart-wrenching stories of those on the front lines of the impacts of the criminal justice system and offers a penetrating look at the profound human rights implications of America's longest war."
The following morning attendees will "hear stories of mistreatment, resilience and hope from a variety of perspectives," including "from a victim of crime to those who have served time in our prison system."
Participants can then choose between one of two workshops "to learn how effectively advocate (for) a smarter approach towards criminal justice via public policy or how to build capacity within their own faith communities and social networks to effectively assist those who are formerly incarcerated."
"Over 95 percent of those who spend time in jail or prison will return to our neighborhoods: What kind of neighbors do we want them to be when they return?" Jodi Hansen, executive director of Remnant Initiatives, said.
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