A Call to Action: Practically Reversing the Trends of Mass Incarceration
Sponsored by JCares Social Action Committee
Moderated by Moderated by Cheryl Bader, JD, Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law
Dr. Gaston is the senior pastor of Summerfield United Methodist Church, where he has served for 6 years. Dr. Gaston is also the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Bridgeport, an administrative arm of the mayor’s office, where he oversees the day-to-day operations of Connecticut’s largest city. He is the former president and chairman of the Civil Service Commission, having been the youngest person to serve on the commission in the city’s history.
Dr. Gaston’s newest book “A Call to Action: Practically Reversing the Trends of Mass Incarceration” explores and establishes a blueprint for United Methodist Churches based on the current Mission Plan for Restorative Justice Ministries (MPRJM). The Mission Plan aims to help the large number of returning prisoners with reentry into their communities by making connections with restorative justice programs and ministries.
Dr. Gaston’s first book is “The Darkest Night; An Incarceration Memoir from Jail to Yale” which details his nine-month stint in the criminal justice system in Florida after being falsely accused of sexual assault., Dr. Gaston speaks candidly about how his incarceration experience and the blistering repercussions of his arrest have served as a roadblock to securing a plethora of personal and professional opportunities.
Despite the insurmountable challenges formerly incarcerated individuals face, Dr. Gaston demonstrates to readers that, with hope and resilience, one does not have to be defined by one's circumstances--but rather one's commitment to picking up the pieces and to keep moving forward.
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