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Pacers watch game of incarcerated players at Indiana prison

Boomer, the Indiana Pacers mascot, sits with the crowd watching a basketball game Oct. 14, 2021, at Putnamville Correctional Facility near Putnamville, Indiana. (Photo Provided/Indiana Department of Correction)

PUTNAMVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — The Indiana Pacers, Represent Justice, The Last Mile, the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, and the Indiana Department of Correction came together Thursday in the Play For Justice program.

It’s designed to bring awareness to racial and socioeconomic disparities in the justice system.

Play For Justice was at Putnamville Correctional Facility. The event featured a roundtable discussion and basketball game in which prison residents and Pacers players, staff and leadership shared an afternoon of meaningful engagement and learning, according to a news release from the Department of Correction.

Gregory Dunn, communications director for the Department of Correction, told News 8 by email, “The Pacers toured parts of the facility including our Last Mile Classrooms. The Last Mile is a multifaceted program that includes coding and audiovisual production.  The Pacers also participated in a round table with with incarcerated individuals and returned citizens.  After the game, the Pacers attended a game featuring incarcerated players. The group hosting the event, Represent Justice, provided uniforms and shoes to the incarcerated players.”

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