A Faithful Movement to End Mass Incarceration

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Auburn Seminary

61 Claremont Avenue
18th Floor
New York, NY 10115

John Ducksworth, The Rev. Billy Michael Honor, and Donna Hylton used storytelling and conversation to show how and why people of faith ought to include ending mass incarceration in their work for justice.

The U.S., home to just five percent of the world population, holds 25% of the world’s prison population. There are 2.3 million people in the nation’s prisons and jails—a 500% increase in the past 40 years. The land of the free is the incarceration capital of the world.

This is a moral crisis that demands our response.

About the Speakers

John Ducksworth

John Ducksworth has provided leadership to Court based programs, Community Corrections, probation and juvenile justice agencies and more across New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.

He has Master’s Degrees from New York Theological Seminary and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is the recipient of many awards, and served in the Salvation Army for 17 years.

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The Rev. Billy Michael Honor

Billy Michael Honor is a public scholar, faith leader, and civic organizer whose progressive and compelling insights have made him a sought after speaker, preacher and social commentator.

Billy is the Director of Faith Organizing for the New Georgia Project, a respected civic engagement organization founded by noted politician Stacey Abrams. He is also the organizing Pastor of Pulse Church in downtown Atlanta.


Donna Hylton
Director Woman and Girls Project
Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice

Donna Hylton is a women’s rights activist and criminal justice reform advocate. Donna speaks publicly about the issues facing incarcerated women and girls and the significant impact the significant increase in the female prison population is having on families, children and our communities.

Donna’s own life took an unexpected and life-changing turn when as a child she was lured from Jamaica to the United States. Her memoir, ‘A Little Piece of Light,’ tells the story of the childhood abuse she endured, the spiral of events that lead to her incarceration and how she learned to live, love and trust all over again.


Auburn Conversations are sponsored by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation.

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