Education vs. Incarceration Town Hall Meeting

Release Date: 10/02/2011

Community Leaders, Educators and Young People Discuss the Future of Connecticut’s Youth in CPTV’s Education vs. Incarceration: A Town Hall Meeting                              

HARTFORD, Conn. (Oct. 3, 2011) – As a follow up to CPTV’s documentary, Education vs. Incarceration: The Real Cost of Failing Our Kids, which aired last spring, Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) is premiering a new original special, Education vs. Incarceration: A Town Hall Meeting, live on Thursday, October 6 at 8 p.m., with encore presentations airing on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 11 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. Hosted by broadcast journalist Keith Kountz of WTNH, this one-hour special focuses on the vital need for educational and judicial resources that can keep troubled youth on track in school and out of prison. The conversation will also explore how socio-economic factors and race can bring higher risks for incarceration.  

The town meeting includes an interactive panel discussion and an opportunity for viewers to call in or email questions during the broadcast. During the program, viewers should call 800-842-2788 or e-mail [email protected]

Panelists on Education vs. Incarceration: A Town Hall Meeting include: 

Dr. Steve Perry – Founder of Capital Preparatory Magnet School and author of Push Has Come to Shove and Man Up! Nobody is Coming to Save Us

Jimmie Griffin – Community Activist and a leader of the NAACP’s Waterbury chapter

Michelle Cruz, Esq. – State Victim Advocate

There will also be a number of experts in the front row participating in the discussion: 

Judge Christine Keller – Chief Administrative Judge for Juvenile Matters

Julia O’Leary – Deputy Director, Juvenile Probation, Judicial Branch, Court Support Services Division

William Dyson – Professor, Central Connecticut State University and Former New Haven state representative, school teacher and administrator

Mark Benigni – Meriden School Superintendent

Joseph Gaudett – Bridgeport Police Chief

Aileen Keays – Research Specialist, Municipal and Regional Policy, Central Connecticut State University and lead evaluator of Waterbury’s PAL program

Jacquelyn Santiago – Vice President of Operations, Compass

Joey Miano, Dean of Students, New Britain High School and PAL Coach

On the evening of the broadcast, the audience will include many young people who will share their experiences with youth programs that have helped them overcome personal struggles. 

Education vs. Incarceration: A Town Hall Meeting is a CPTV Connecting Our Communities initiative made possible by the Connecticut State University System and the Vince and Linda McMahon Family Foundation. 

Producer: Virginia Fisher
Host: Keith Kountz

About Connecticut Public Television

CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women’s Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historicrole in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and AmericanPublic Media. WNPR serves almost 240,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show, The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live. CPBN also includes two affiliate channels: CPTV4U, a 24/7 television channel featuring award-winning drama, news and talk programming, concert performances, independent films, nature shows, British comedy and more; and CTSN, Connecticut’s first-ever 24-hour local sports network, covering statewide high school and college sports. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit cptv.org.  

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