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The Center for Church and Prison, Inc. is excited to collaborate with the Institute of the Black World 21st Century. We have been in existence since 2009. They collaborate with both faith-based and non-faith organizations in New England and across the nation. They are  more than a  faith-based organization in light of the scientific  and public policy methodology we adopt towards strategic solution development and intervention in regards to  sociopolitical and economic empowerment.

They are a resource and research center working towards community revitalization through prison reform and strategic solution development and intervention in the high rate of incarceration in the US prison system.

Their goals include:

1. Influencing and transforming public policy/sentencing reform towards prison reform on the legislative level. They fought for banning the box, against $5 a day fees for inmates and the Three-Strikes you are out bills in Massachusetts. Their current legislative  initiatives include  petitions to end Mandatory Minimum in line  with Att. Gen. Holder pronouncement and petition to  Governor Patrick to end an over 40 years of Life time parole of Ms. Tina Williams. More information on their website (

2.  Educational campaign: conference, workshop, seminar, research and data development towards about the implications of mass incarceration and economic development.

3. Direct intervention in the lives of formerly incarcerated individuals through job and resource fairs, and reentry programs.  Please visit the gallery page of their website: ( for a pictorial view of our work.


IBW21 (The Institute of the Black World 21st Century) is committed to enhancing the capacity of Black communities in the U.S. and globally to achieve cultural, social, economic and political equality and an enhanced quality of life for all marginalized people.