The Power of MACRO Social Work: Forging Pathways Toward a More Just and Equitable World 2021
"The Impact of Life Without Parole Sentencing Behind Bars and Beyond: Using the Power of Macro Social Work Policy to Address Trauma on Individuals, Families, and Communities"
The social justice documentary, “The Mayor of Graterford” (2018), follows two men from behind prison bars and then back to their communities; two men who were actually commuted after serving a combined total of seven decades in the state correctional system in Pennsylvania. These individuals are now part of a movement for criminal justice reform around the legislation for life without parole (LWOP) sentencing.
In this conference, we will view the perspectives of these men, other “lifers,” family members, and community advocates. We explore the impact on them as individuals and examine policy development around mass incarceration and sentencing, together discussing perspectives about clinical care and policy change. The session will integrate video and audio media from the ‘Graterford’ film, as well as responses from the social work community who attended a recent screening of the film. We will discuss how clinical and macro social workers together can be more instrumental in criminal justice reform.