How Long Should People Pay for Past Crimes?
February 26, 2020 | 6:00 p.m. | Lewis & Clark College
0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd., Portland OR 97219
Many of us have grown up being told—and believing—that after a person serves their sentence for a crime, their slate is wiped clean. Every possibility exists for them to find a decent job, a decent apartment, a decent car. From there, they can go on to build a decent life. But the truth does not often bear out this scenario. A felony conviction can restrict travel options, licensing options for employment, housing, and financial aid, just to name a few. What does it mean to our society that 8 percent of our overall US population—and 33 percent of African American men—who have felony convictions run into these barriers after they serve time in prison? Join facilitator Pamela Slaughter in a conversation about how this reality affects our communities and what alternatives might look like.
Harold McNaron at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 768-7076