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Getting Out And Staying Out: Issues Black Men Face After Prison

Sarah Jane Rhee

In Illinois, thousands of African American men are released from prison each year. But, without support from government and community, many will go back. 

In this roundtable discussion, moderated by Jacqualine Simone Williams,  Larry Hemingway Sr., Robert Moore and Austin Randolph explore what makes black men more likely to return to Illinois prisons than any other race and what can be done to change this alarming reality. 

You can read more  in this in-depth piece by Williams on the topic. 

Jacqualine Simone Williams is a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting program at the University of Illinois Springfield. She spent 15 years as an independent reporter with the Milwaukee Courier and was an intern with Milwaukee Public Radio, WUWM. She is a graduate of Columbia College in Chicago.
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