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Humane Treatment of Presently Incarcerated People
Wednesday 12 August 2020


Faith-Based Organizations Webinar: Human Rights of Presently Incarcerated People
Many people who are incarcerated have not been convicted of a crime. Unsentenced incarcerated persons comprise about half the prison population in the countries with the most severe overcrowding. Conditions in many places of detention are unhygienic and inhumane. Rarely do the facilities provide opportunities for re-entry or even maintenance of family connections. Underlying issues of poverty, discrimination, unemployment, psychological stress, and substance abuse are rarely dealt with within prisons. Faith-Based Organizations can advocate for penal reforms and operate programs of introspection and restorative justice as well as post-release support projects. Their members should continually emphasize that a temporarily incarcerated person is a human being with inalienable rights.

- Moderator: Michael Platzer, Co-Chair of the Coalition of Faith-Based Organizations

- Bishop Franz Scharl, Auxiliary Bishop of Vienna, Vicar for prison pastoral care (Invited)
- Bishop Irinarkh, Bishop of Krasnogorsk, vicar of his Holiness the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia (Invited)
- Sister Alison McCrary, President of the Louisiana Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild
- Dr. Yitzchak Ben Yair, Researcher and lecturer at the Zefat Academic College
- Imam Sheikh Mohammad Ismail, Muslim chaplain at Sheffield U, Sheffield Federation of Mosques
- Reverend P. George Harrison, Vatican Human Development
- Aung Naing Win (Mr. Shine), Founder & President of the Interfaith Youth Coalition on Aid in Myanmar
- Father Brian Gowans, President of the International Commission of Prison Pastoral Care

Question and Answer

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A Link to our YouTube Live:

Aug 12, 2020 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)