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    What Prison Does to Children

    Online via YouTube

    Sending men and women to prison often punishes innocent children. Join a former prisoner, a daughter of a prisoner, a police chief, and an activist district attorney to ask what we can do about it.

    “Many people hear the word prisoner and think crime. I hear it and think father,” writes Ashley Lucas. She brings this experience to bear in “The End of Rage,” her recent Plough article on how a Black Panther’s incarceration shaped the lives of his children and their mothers. Join Ashley in this online event to discuss prison’s impact on families with writer Shaka Senghor, San Francisco district attorney Chesa Boudin, and police chief John Clair.

    About the speakers:

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    Shaka Senghor is Head of Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion at TripActions. He is also the president of Shaka Senghor, Inc., and founder of Redeemed Sole. His memoir, Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison, debuted on The New York Times and The Washington Post bestseller lists. Shaka’s widely anticipated next book, Letters to the Sons of Society, releases January 18, 2022.

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    Chesa Boudin is the District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco. He personally understands the impact of incarceration; both of his parents were incarcerated throughout his childhood. Boudin was a Rhodes Scholar and graduated from Yale Law School. He worked as a law clerk to the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and later for the Honorable Charles Breyer on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Boudin then worked as a public defender in San Francisco, where he helped lead the office’s bail reform unit.

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    John Clair is the Chief of Police in Marion, Virginia. He has over twenty years of law enforcement experience, and serves on the Executive Board of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police. Originally from southwestern Ohio, he joined the United States Army after high school and served with the 3rd US Infantry (The Old Guard) at Ft. Myer, Virginia. His educational background is in religion and philosophy, with a brief stint as a pastoral intern. He lives in Marion with his wife of twenty-one years, and four children.

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    Ashley Lucas teaches theater at the University of Michigan, where she works with the Prison Creative Arts Project and the Carceral State Project. Lucas’s father spent twenty years in Texas prisons and inspired much of her writing about prisons and families. Lucas’s most recent article “The End of Rage” (Plough Quarterly Autumn 2021) describes the life of Russell Maroon Shoatz and how his decades of incarceration affected his family.