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Cornerstone Builders host Symposium for Systemic Change

Published on September 22, 2014

Cornerstone Builders and staff at the 2013 New Beginnings Ceremony

Symposium for Re-entry and Systemic Change

Join in a discussion with community leaders on how we can work for social justice and systemic change in our criminal justice system. The symposium will feature an initiative for emergency housing, immediate employment and empowerment services to returning citizens, within 72 hours of release from prison. Featured speakers include:

Kenneth Polite, U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Louisiana

Whalen Gibbs, LA Dept. of Public Safety and Corrections Assistant Secretary

Susan Lindsey, Assistant to Sheriff Marlin Gusman and Reentry Program Administration

Rhett Covington,  LA Dept. of Public Safety and Corrections Deputy Assistant Director for Reentry

Other presenters include:  Catholic Charities Cornerstone Builders, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Ozanam Inn, Re-entry Partners

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2014, 8:00 am to 1:30 pm

St. Anthony of Padua Church

234 Angus Drive, Luling, LA 70122

For more information or to register contact Emily Heiser at 504-310-6954  or email at [email protected]

JUSTICE a judicial system of fairness and mercy

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE spiritual healing, reconciliation, and transformation

CIVIC JUSTICE rehabilitation through service

JUSTICE REINVESTMENT advocacy for public dollars to be spent on rehabilitation and job creation for returning citizens.

 “If you want peace, work for justice”- Pope Paul VI

Why? The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world.  For the many leaving our criminal justice system, homelessness and unemployment are major factors in continuing the cycle of recidivism back into a life of crime, violence and ultimately back into the prison system. Check out this video on Mass Incarceration in the U.S. for some great background info and join us for the discussion on October 3!