Metro-East News

Forum in ESL to address incarceration of black men

The National Association of Women Judges, along with the East St. Louis Library and the East St. Louis Community College Center, are holding a two-hour forum Saturday titled “Mass Incarceration of Black Males and Other Effects of Urban Life.”

The forum, from 10 a.m. to noon, will be held at the East St. Louis Higher Education campus Building D, in the multipurpose room.

St. Clair County Judge Laninya Cason is the District 8 director of the National Association of Women Judges. She holds court in the East St. Louis City Hall building.

“Our black males have been labeled felons and are being incarcerated at increasing rates. This forum will be a candid discussion on the reasons why and how we can stop this increasing epidemic,” Cason said.

The featured speakers include:

• Dr. Jack Kirkland, a professor at Washington University-St. Louis.

• Dr. Joseph Brown, professor at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

• Dr. Christina Campbell, professor at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

• St. Clair County Juvenile Court Judge Walter Brandon, 20th Judicial Circuit.

• James Ingram, publicist and scholar, Boston University.

• Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier will give some special remarks.

• Nichole Berlie from KSDK News Channel 5 will moderate the event.

Parking is available on the lot near Building E.