"I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Matthew 25:36
Join Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Great Lakes for this week-long learning tour focusing on the complex dynamics of the U.S. criminal justice system including diverse perspectives from individuals, as well as exposure to the systemic forces at play that have led to mass incarceration and the criminalization of marginalized groups. Based in Goshen, Ind., the tour will include day trips to South Bend, Elkhart and Bunker Hill, Ind.
Participants will journey from the local community level through the criminal justice system, learning about law enforcement, sentencing, incarceration and re-entry.
The learning tour will be framed by six key concerns:
- Racial disparities and the direct link with Mass Incarceration
- Pipeline to Prison: Today’s Offender, Yesterday’s Victim: Female, Poor and Incarcerated
- Justice for All: Where We Are
- Doing Time
- A Critical Look at the IN Juvenile Justice System and Immigration
- Reflection and Preparation for Action
All who are interested in learning about disparities in the justice system, including those working in or seeking to develop a prison/re-entry ministry, are welcome.
The trip is limited to 12 participants. The cost is $350 per person, which includes lodging, onsite travel, meals, tour activities and honorariums. Lodging will be provided on the campus of Goshen College, 1700 South Main Street, Goshen IN 46526.
For questions, contact Juan Sebastian Pacheco Lozano, MCC Great Lakes Peace & Justice Coordinator, at 574-534-4133 or JuanPacheco@mcc.org.