Jonesboro minister rallies to bring awareness to the plight of felons

Jonesboro minister rallies to bring awareness to the plight of felons
Minister Imevbore Elugbe wants to improve rehabilitation efforts for felons in Region 8. (Source: KAIT-TV)
Minister Imevbore Elugbe appears on Mid-Day. (Source: KAIT-TV)
Minister Imevbore Elugbe appears on Mid-Day. (Source: KAIT-TV)

He doesn't believe that lawbreakers shouldn't be punished. But, Minister Imevbore Elugbe is adamant about how he sees injustice within the American justice system. He says the justice system is "profit-driven."

"We have a justice system that discriminates," Minister Elugbe said. "Treats the rich one way and the poor another way. The Bible tells us that whenever we discriminate, we can be sure that there are self-serving and evil motivations behind that."

Representative Brandt Smith will join Elugbe and Representative Monte Hodges, along with Apostle C.A. Turner at an event happening at Greater Dimensions World Outreach Ministries, located at 3307 Race Street, on Saturday, May 19 called the "End Mass Incarceration" Rally.

There will be a special showing of "The House I Live In," beginning at 10:30 a.m. There will be a rally at noon.

"The prison industrial complex is a 182 billion dollar industry," Minister Elugbe said. "And so there's a lot of money being made off of people going to prison."

Minister Elugbe wants to shift focus to re-integration efforts.

"After the punishment, we need to give people a legitimate opportunity to re-enter and to rehabilitate," Minister Elugbe said. "We believe it is an injustice to perpetually punish a person for a crime that they have already paid their debt to society. What they are doing is using discriminatory laws, laws that alienate and disenfranchise—they are compounding the problem. They do so for political and economic gain." 

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