Town hall meeting to focus mass incarceration

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators and the NAACP State Conference will host a town hall meeting on Thursday to discuss mass incarceration and its impact on the community.

The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 29 of the Legislative Plaza. It’s open to the public.

The daylong symposium will focus on the results of mass incarceration in overall society, particularly in the African-American community.

It will also examine President Barack Obama’s Recommendation concerning prisons, as well as Gov. Bill Haslam’s Task Force Recommendation on Incarceration.

Tennessee Black Caucus chairwoman Brenda Gilmore says the meeting will also allow state lawmakers to gather facts to prepare legislation for next year’s session.