The Prison Industrial Complex
from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
- Professor Ruthie Gilmore, CUNY Graduate Center
- Bill Mckinney, Samuels Center-CUNY GC
- Divine Pryor, center for Nuleadership, Medgar Evers college
The Prison Industrial Complex is a term used to describe the nexus between the expansion of the prison population and the economic and political influence of business interests that profit from the privatization of prisons and servicing of government prison agency contracts. Some think that the solution to social ills such as crime and poverty involves the building of more prisons without addressing the underlying systemic inequalities. In this way, vested interests are able to literally capitalize on human misery. This panel will educate us about the “prison industrial complex” and what the university and community can do in reducing the recitivism of ex-felons and empowering them, their families, friends, and local communities.