“We Meet Again”–conversation between an ex-prisoner and a corrections worker
This month, PTMP is looking at our own region–the north country of New York State–and its role in shaping the era of mass incarceration. With the prison construction boom in the ’80s and ’90s, corrections became the north country’s biggest employer, with twenty correctional facilities in our area alone.
Along with changing, boosting, and damaging communities around the state and the country, the prison boom created new connections across communities: suddenly, thousands of people were coming into this rural area from urban areas not for vacation, but to serve prison sentences. This meant new encounters across community lines.
This Thursday, the freedom education organization John Brown Lives! will host a discussion between two men who found common ground in prison: Brother Yusef Wasi was incarcerated under the Rockefeller Drug Laws, Joseph Hackett was employed by the state’s Department of Corrections.
The event is free and open to the public. It takes place at the Northwoods Inn in Lake Placid. 7:00 snacks and cash bar; the conversation begins at 7:30. The event is part of “The Correction,” a series of community discussions and public events JBL! will continue to host throughout the year. Click on the flyer for details.