Viewing, panel discussion with Pathways to Prison film subjects, producer

Documentary explores factors leading to criminalization


Prison corridor

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DETROIT – The screening of a new, hour long special airing on Detroit Public TV, Pathways to Prison will be held at the Church of the Messiah on Thursday. The film’s producer, Bill Kubota, many of the people whose lives it explores, and local stakeholders who are engaged in criminal justice reform will offer further insight in a panel discussion afterward.

The U.S. imprisons more people than any other country, but America’s “get tough on crime” era may be evolving, as more people realize the greater societal and economic costs. Pathways to Prison examines the forces leading to imprisonment. Panelists will discuss many of them such as “The war on drugs”, “The school to prison pipeline” and potential solutions such as restorative justice practices and prison reform.



    Pathways to Prison viewing, panel discussion


Nicholas Buckingham, Moderator, Michigan United Criminal Justice Organizer

Bill Kubota, Director/Producer, Pathways To Prison

Charles Bell, PhD Candidate, Criminal Justice Scholar

Yusef Shakur, Zone 8 Community Leader

Marcus Allen Weldon, Exonerated “Santa Shooter”

Renardo Bowes, Former Lifer, Recovery specialist

Tyrone Kemp, Advocate for the Wrongfully Convicted


    5:30PM Thursday, October 5, 2017


The World Famous Church of the Messiah Detroit

231 E Grand Blvd, Detroit, Michigan 48207

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