EDWARDSVILLE — The United Congregations of Metro-East will hold the Summit of Restoration from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Edwardsville High School, 6161 Center Grove Road.
The summit will cover the following topics:
- Alternatives to zero tolerance and restorative discipline practices in schools
- Challenges facing people with conviction histories and how to avoid recidivism (return to imprisonment).
“In the United States we incarcerate more people than anywhere else in the world, 2.2 million persons, representing a 500 percent increase over the past 30 years,” a United Congregations of Metro-East newsletter states. “Our claim to be the land of the free is scarred by the issues surrounding mass incarceration. The system includes the deep legacy of ongoing racism in this country, a private, for-profit prison industrial system (and) disparate mandatory sentencing which focuses on punishment rather than restitution.
“The true purpose of our judicial and disciplinary systems should be to identify brokenness, and achieve healing and restoration. Presently, these systems function to punish and marginalize significant segments of our community indefinitely. The summit will explore proven strategies designed to transform the system and its outcomes.”
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The suggested donation is $20.
For information, visit www.ucmetroeast.org, call (618) 451-1458 or go to the organization’s Facebook page.