Books Beyond Bars Program Hosts Screening & Talk

Madison House's Beyond the Bars GED Tutoring program will host a screening of Bryan Stevenson’s popular TED Talk, “We Need to Talk About an Injustice” on Thursday, October 12th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in the Newcomb Kaleidoscope Room.

The video will serve as a starting point for a discussion on race, incarceration, and inequality in America. Program Directors from Beyond the Bars encourage everyone, whether you have personal experience, professional expertise, or have never thought about the subject before, to come out for this event.

Want to know more about Bryan Stevenson's TED Talk? Here is a description: 

"In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America's unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness."

Beyond the Bars pairs volunteers with inmates in a GED tutoring relationship, in which they help some of society’s most marginalized by inmates pass the general education development test. Paired by the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail’s quickly growing education department, volunteers and inmates work one-on-one to tackle education areas specific to the students' needs (including math, English writing and grammar, history, and science). Because of lengthy application and training processes, Beyond the Bars is a year-long commitment, and requires volunteers to submit a separate application in addition to the Madison House application. Though Beyond the Bars faces many complex problems associated with working in a secure facility, the work done in this program is astoundingly rewarding.

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