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B&G Wed: 21st Century Torture - Missouri’s Prison Industrial Complex

on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 12:00am
07/01/2015 - 7:00pm

Black & Green Wednesday

FORUM: 21st Century Torture: Missouri’s Prison Industrial Complex

WHEN: 7 pm, Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WHERE: Legacy Books and Café, 5249 Delmar (near Union) 63108

Keith Brown El, Co-Chair, Missouri CURE

Angie Mueller, Green Party of St. Louis

Don Cage, Prison Torture Survivor

Caroline McGinness, Co-founder of End 85%

Randall Cahill, Cahill Partnership, former Asst US Attorney

Rev. Elston McCowan, Universal African Peoples Organization [moderator]

Do conditions in Missouri’s prisons meet the United Nations’ definition of torture?  Is it fair to talk about “mass incarceration” in Missouri?  The so-called “War on Drugs” and mandatory sentencing have dramatically increased the prison population.  Once inside, prisoners are exposed to egregious harm through arbitrary treatment, systematic institutional abuse, deliberate medical negligence and the possibility of years of solitary confinement, often coupled with forced psychotropic medication.  How can we stop the brutality against prisoners in the US?