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This three-part series will explore the criminal justice system through the lens of systemic racism and chronic poverty. In Part One, our partner Rhonda K. Oliver shares her personal experience of incarceration. Part Two examines the choices our society makes — to divest from communities and focus on punishing crime — and how those choices have spawned segregation, chronic poverty and mass incarceration. And Part Three provides a radical alternative — based in reconciliation and grace — through the story of Presutti’s organization, Thrive for Life Prison Ministry.


A project of the Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology