Saturday, June 6, 6:30 PM
Free admission, discussion to follow.
United First Parish Church, Parish Hall
(across Hancock Street from Quincy Center T Station)
1306 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Is your Neighborhood OVERCRIMINALIZED?
Please join us for a screening of OverCriminalized, from Brave New Films, on Saturday, June 6th at 6:30 PM in Parish Hall at the United First Parish Church in Quincy.
It seems that for almost every social problem that pops up, we turn to the criminal justice system. Making problems into “crimes” is just making things worse.
- Suffering from mental illness? Here’s a cell.
- Struggling with drug dependency? Let’s throw you in handcuffs.
- Sleeping on the street? Here’s an arrest record.
Arrests and jail cells waste lives, time and money. And if you are a person of color, the criminal justice crackdown is even worse.
How could it possibly make sense to saddle police officers and prison wardens with sole responsibility for helping people get a roof over their head? Or to task lawyers and judges with treating mental illness or helping people get sober?
Overcriminalized profiles three promising interventions that can actually change the course of people’s lives.
- Housing programs help solve homelessness.
- Treatment helps stabilize mental illness
- Treatment can end drug dependency.
It’s 2015. We know better. We know how many people have been shot or killed due to mental health issues. Not only is all of this inhumane, it’s expensive. When our tax dollars are picking up the tab, it makes sense to put funds where they will make the biggest impact.
It’s time to roll back mass criminalization and focus on what works.