Black Prisoners' Caucus

"Community Review Board" Legislation - 2017

Often referred to as the "New Jim Crow", the Prison Industrial Complex has resulted in the mass incarceration of black and brown bodies. If you are Black in Washington State you are incarcerated at 6.4 times the rate of your white counterparts. Washington State has no parole, for those serving long term sentences,  since 1984. Establishing a "Community Review Board" would create a racially equitable process that would allow for our community and family members living long term sentences in prison to be reviewed for release after a period of 15-20 years.

The Black Prisoners' Caucus is the lead Black organizing group behind this piece of legislation and is supported by Black Out WA and a network of anti-racist, multi-cultural organizations such as FIGHT, Ending the Prison Industrial Complex - EPIC Seattle, The Village of Hope, European Dissent Seattle, Freedom Summer, YUIR Seattle/ Tyree Scott Leadership Institute (Freedom School & YUIR), Washington Coalition for Parole, I Did the Time Spokane and more...

Black Prisoners' Caucus / BlackOut WA Community Review Board Meetings:

Seattle - We have joined our meetings with the general meetings at the Village of Hope on Wednesday from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm.

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The Black Prisoners' Caucus' higher education program for the incarcerated, T.E.A.C.H. (Taking Education and Creating History), is a college program designed to change the expected outcomes of men in prison by transforming incarcerated men into college educated students. Located at Clallam Bay Corrections Center, TEACH offers a new and innovative approach towards increasing the mens availability to Liberal Arts and Natural Science Studies. Education has been shown to be key in eliminating inter-generational poverty, debt, homelessness, and improve the quality of life. Every student will have the opportunity to excel within this learning community and as they grow they will learn how to confront their social and academic challenges with a richer and broader perspective.

The most fundamental tools needed for success in today's society begins with education. With a growing prison population and a dwindling budget every available opportunity to post-secondary education for prisoners has been eliminated except for a few basic courses and those programs developed by community organizations such as ourselves. TEACH has a rigorous curriculum that begins with a series of introduction courses (to assist students returning to school after some time away) which will lead into two educational pathways: 1 certificate pathway in general knowledge courses and 2 for-credit pathways in Social Science Applied Science.  (Learn more...)

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The Village of Hope holds weekly meetings EVERY Wednesday at 6:00pm at the Village of Hope office.
9421 18th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126
These meetings include support for BPC issues and activities.
For more information please call the Village of Hope at 206-937-2701.