Conversation on Race, Crime and Punishment

Tuesday, November 1, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Mildred Terry Library, 640 Veterans Pkwy.
Columbus, GA

This forum will highlight the consequences of former prosecutors serving as judges in criminal cases. Also, instances of prosecutorial misconduct and its impact on sentencing in criminal cases.

Paul Austin, recently released after over 30 years in prison, will tell his story of prosecution and persecution under the criminal justice system in Muscogee County and the State of Georgia. Thanks to the Georgia Innocence Project, determined family members and friends, Paul is free.

Waleisah Wilson, Executive Director of New Life-Second Chance, will tell her personal story of crime and punishment as well as the work she does to find jobs for the formerly incarcerated.

Related topics to be discussed are the “Band the Box” ordinance passed by Columbus Consolidated Government (May 2015) and the school-to-prison pipeline problems so prevalent in the Muscogee County School District.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Contact: Theresa El-Amin, or 919-824-0659 mobile