Panel Discussion on Impact of High Rates of Incarceration Set for Burton Street Community Center on March 20

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A panel discussion on incarceration in the U.S., and its impact on family and the community, will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 20 at the Burton Street Community Center, located at 134 Burton St. in Asheville. The evening will also include spoken word poetry performances, and is free and open to the public.

Panelists include representatives from Homeward Bound's Women at Risk program, which works keep women out of jail through clinical outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment, and North Carolina CURE (Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants) as well as local citizens who have been directly affected by the criminal justice system.

This event is sponsored by the UNC Asheville NEH Engaged Humanities Collaborative Grant, UNC Asheville’s Key Center for Community Citizenship and Service Learning, Asheville Writers in the Schools, and the Burton Street Community Center. For more information, contact Lise Kloeppel, director of the Key Center and assistant professor of drama, at lkloeppe@unca.edu or 828.251.6940.