This Convocation that kicks off Centre’s annual Poverty and Homelessness Week focuses on the intersections between class, race, addiction, mental illness and mass incarceration in Kentucky. Many students and faculty began the year reading Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy. This year’s Poverty and Homelessness Week continues that emphasis with a week-long series of events highlighting the prison system in the U.S.–the nation with the highest incarceration rate in the world. Steve Durham, Assistant Director of Louisville Metro Department of Corrections will present us with a local perspective on how poverty, race, mental illness, and addiction influence incarceration, especially for those in pre-trial detention. Durham will prod his audience to think about how policies and practices can be changed to lessen incarceration for people experiencing the aforementioned realities without increased risks to public safety.