Jails were not designed to house and care for individuals with mental health issues. However, because our communities are failing to provide adequate mental health services, many of them wind up in our broken criminal and juvenile corrections system.
Recently, a San Antonio newspaper began reporting on a scandal at Lackland Air Force base that is growing by the day. So far at least four Air Force instructors have been charged with sexual misconduct with at least 24 trainees.
If someone asked me to be part of a community service project 2 years ago, I would have said “I don’t believe community service can lead to social change.” But that was before I joined Soul of the City as part of the Inaugural Throw Down for the Town: The Oakland Service Festival in 2011