A New Start on Life in the Age of Mass Incarceration

The Social Justice/Anti-Racism Committee (SJAR)


A New Start on Life in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Did you know:

  • Currently the United States represents about 5 percent of the world’s population, but houses nearly 25 percent of the world’s prisoners.
  • The United States has a higher percent of imprisoned racial minorities than any other country in the world.
  • Recent records show 50% of state prisoners and 90% of federal prisoners were incarcerated for non-violent offenses.

Join us in helping provide persons leaving the Criminal Justice System with necessities for renewed pubic life


In keeping with our congregational principle of honoring the inherent worth and dignity of every person, the Social Justice/Anti-Racism Committee is sponsoring a program to contribute items needed for initial basic personal care for persons being released from prison.  Most newly released persons have little or no resources to purchase personal care items, a bus pass or some groceries.

The program is an alliance with Community Partners in Action in Hartford, an agency working for over 100 years to help provide the best possible start for people affected by the Criminal Justice System.

During the months of May and June, 2014, the congregation will have an opportunity to contribute suggested items and assemble them in backpacks which will be forwarded to Community Partners in Action for distribution in June.

Consider making a difference in helping to provide someone with a new start on life.  Please visit the information table in the UUS:E lobby on Sunday mornings in May ad June.

Here is the list of items we’re collecting:

1- Shampoo

2- Tooth paste and tooth brush

3- Face cloth/ towel

4- Deodorant

5- Razors

6- Tampons/pads

7- brush/comb

8- Pad/pen

9- Lotion

10- Umbrellas

11- Back Pack (or some type of bag that can be easily carried)

12- Make-up

13 – Nail file/emory board

14 – Nail clippers

15 – Lip balm/chapstick

Wherever possible, items should be gender neutral and full size. 

We are also collecting the following gift cards and vouchers:

  • Clothing Voucher  (typically for Burlington Coat Factory and/or Savers)
  • Bus Pass  (31 day passes would be ideal but ANY passes would be of great help)
  • Walmart gift card (this was suggested rather than Stop & Shop as Walmart carries food and also clothes or other items that program participants might need)

Items will be collected after services on all Sundays in May and June. Items can also be brought to UUS:E during regular business hours and deposited in the bin in Rev. Josh’s office. Any questions, contact Lynda Dyer, Jim Adams, Ann Rustici, or Krystal Kallenberg through UUS:E at (860) 646-5151.

For stories about making the transition from prison back to society, see these powerful articles at the American Civil Liberties Union website:

After Seventeen Years, I’m Bringing My Little Sister Home From Prison

A Living Death: Sentenced to Die Behind Bars for What?