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July 25, 2014

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Judge Mathis: Working With Inmates with PEER Initiative

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Television Judge Greg Mathis is quick to share his story of his own troubled past and incarceration with the people who come into his courtroom.

Statistics reveal that African-Americans make up 50 percent of the nation's prison population and are incarcerated at a rate of 6.5 times that of white males and Mathis is committed to doing something about it.

The 49 year-old, who was the youngest person appointed to Michigan's 36th District Supreme Court, has launched a black prisoner initiative called Prisoner Empowerment Education and Respect (PEER). Mathis will visit jails and prisons throughout the country to encourage inmates to change their lives.

The NAACP Image Award winner has already visited the Wayne County Jail in his hometown of Detroit, where he served his one year sentence, as well as the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta and the State Correctional Institution at Chester, PA.

On Feb.8, he will visit the Golden Grove Correctional Facility in St. Croix, Virgin Islands.

Mathis previously founded Young Adults Asserting Themselves, Inc., which operates at a community center in Detroit named in his honor. That program works with Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Push organization to provide mentorship to non-violent offenders and assists individuals in a janitorial entrepreneurial training program and the Second-Chance Through Expungement (STEP) to expunge their criminal records if they stay crime-free for five years.

On a professional note, the 'Judge Mathis' court show is in its eleventh season.

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