12: Reentry Following Incarceration
“I think that closing down a prison, I think is a great thing. But if you don't change the nature, if you don't change the actual criminal justice system, you're just moving one issue over to another location, because the same conditions will probably exist unless you're gonna deal with it.”
Incarceration has many impacts during and after sentencing. This podcast highlights the challenges that Black men often face with regards to reentry and removing the stigma of incarceration.
Flores Forbes is a writer, urban planner and economic development expert and is currently an associate vice president in the Office of Government and Community Affairs, Columbia University in the City of New York. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies of the Social Science from San Francisco State University and a Master of Urban Planning from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service New York University. He has also been a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow (NYU) and a Charles H. Revson Fellow (Columbia University). In 2000 he published an essay in the Norton Anthology on Police Brutality, entitled “Point Number Seven: We Want an Immediate End to Police Brutality and the Murder of Black People.” And in 2006 he published his memoir “Will You Die with Me?” My Life and the Black Panther Party (Atria 2006, Washington Square Press 2007) which chronicles his 10 years in the BPP, 3 years as a fugitive and 4 years, 8 months and 9 days as an inmate in Soledad and San Quentin Prisons in California. His new book, “Invisible Men: A Contemporary Slave Narrative in the Era of Mass Incarceration,” (Skyhorse Publishing, 2016) explores the lives of successful formerly incarcerated Black Men in the first person.