Children, Families, and Mass Incarceration

Event Details

  • Date:
  • Venue: Motor House Baltimore
  • Address:
      120 West North Avenue
      Baltimore, MD
  • Venue: Motor House Baltimore

Whether society chooses to acknowledge it, mass incarceration affects not just victims and the incarcerated, but also families and entire communities. The trauma can span generations. Tony Lewis, Jr. is an author, community leader, workforce development specialist, re-entry expert, and champion for children with incarcerated parents. He is also the son of one of Washington, DC’s most infamous drug Kingpins who suddenly had to navigate the dramatic turn his life took following his father’s incarceration in 1989. Join us as Mr. Lewis speaks about his struggle with the loss of stability, isolation, and the breakdown of his family after his father entered the criminal justice system, and how laws and practices within the system continue to feed the cycle of mass incarceration.

Mr. Lewis has fought relentlessly over the past 16 years to uplift and empower men, women, and children impacted by mass incarceration.  He is the author of Slugg: A Boy’s Life in the Age of Mass Incarceration.

Free, but reservations required. Seating is limited. Please arrive early as any seats remaining when the program begins will be open to walk-up attendees.


This event is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” Initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. Sponsored by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Pulitzer Prizes, Venable Foundation, and Baltimore Bar Foundation. Presented in partnership with The Baltimore Sun, the Maryland Institute College of Art’s MFA in Curatorial Practice, and Choose Civility Howard County.