Prisoners in the United States penal system and the challenges they face once they’re released back into society
will be the focus of an upcoming symposium at Trinity United Presbyterian Church on Thursday evening and the
Perry Paige Auditorium on Friday morning.
Dr. Keith D. Parker, FAMU professor of sociology and criminal justice, Pastor Kenneth Sharpton Glasgow of
The Ordinary People Society (T.O.P.S.), Pastor Lee Johnson of Trinity United Presbyterian Church, and Judge
Barbara Hobbs will lead the symposium, “Re-entry Symposium: I’m Back, Now What” on Thursday evening,
April 13 th , 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Friday, April 14 th , 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Two of the most critical issues for the formerly incarcerated are education and employment, said Dr. Parker, who
teaches criminal justice courses at FAMU and Pastor Sharpton Glasgow, founder of T.O.P.S. and Pastor Johnson
“It may be that they go in as criminals, but we need to ensure that while they go in as criminals, they don’t come
out that way,” Pastors Sharpton Glasgow and Johnson said.
Pastors Sharpton Glasgow and Johnson stress the importance of giving inmates and the formerly incarcerated
opportunities to earn college degrees, noting that they and a few colleagues are in the early stages of initiatives
aimed at doing this.
The symposium is free and open to the public!
Contact Dr. Keith Parker for more information: [email protected] or 706-614- 8593.
The symposium’s goals:
- Offer formerly incarcerated people the best resources available to support their post-release needs.
- Network and build positive relationships among Big Bend Area advocates and community service providers supporting re-entry services.
- Discuss social reintegration challenges, opportunities and steps to support people in Re-entry.
Who Should Attend?
Formerly incarcerated adults and teens; Non-profit advocates and providers working with incarcerated people;
law enforcement professionals, probation and corrections staff; victim services; educational; religious and social
institutions; department of justice agencies; health services; housing employment and legal rights.
Invite Others to Join!
This Re-entry Symposium wants to bring together approximately 200 participants to explore reentry discussions,
opportunities and strengths, help us create new awareness, dialogues and learnings in this field, and invite others
to join the conversation and network!