The idea is simple.
You put a student from Burke High and another from Porter-Gaud at a table with a social worker, a public defender, a police officer and somebody from a local church.
What do you get?
The Episcopal Forum of South Carolina hopes to get a few good ideas for remaking the state’s criminal justice system.
The group is hosting a conference at Trident Tech on Sept. 16 called “Transforming our Criminal Justice System: Engaging our Community,” which is exactly what it sounds like: People talking about new ways to end mass incarcerations and curb recidivism.
“The Episcopal Church has always seen a very proactive social justice agenda as part of its mission,” says Lynn Pagliaro, vice president of the Forum. “Our goal is to increase awareness in the community of this problem and show them there are good things happening in South Carolina.”
So they plan to have politicians, professors, pastors and the folks who run various local rehabilitation programs talk with anyone willing to help out or offer solutions.
As Pagliaro says, you can’t build the