What drives mass incarceration in Massachusetts?


Social Hall
121 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA, 01004
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In the spirit of the current area concern about Mass Incarceration in Massachusetts,** the UUSA Social Action Committee invites you to a lecture by Lois Ahrens, Director of Real Cost of Prisons Project.
What drives mass incarceration in Massachusetts?

How can it be reversed? Who is in Mass. prisons and why? What can we do?

Lois Ahrens has been an activist and organizer for social justice for more than 50 years. She is the founding director of the Real Cost of Prisons Project, a national organization based in Northampton, MA. She is a founder and core group member of The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls.

Her correspondence and visits with people who are incarcerated has led her to focus on extremely long sentences and the punitive and damaging conditions of confinement faced by all people who are incarcerated in the U.S. In Massachusetts, her work includes working to stop new jail construction, organizing to end money bail and creating alternatives to incarceration.


The lecture is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by: Citizens Advisory Group on Mass Incarceration and Coming Together Amherst
**Interested parties can also visit the exhibits “Stages of Mass Incarceration” at Forbes Library and at the Historical Society, both in Northampton.