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Mark Fingerle, Concord Prison Outreach, First Wednesday Dialog

United States prisons are bursting at the seams, having a higher number of its citizens in prison than any other country in the world.  While over two million citizens reside in prison on any given day, over 600,000 leave prison each year, returning to a society that seems to shun and reject them.  Huge barriers exist in finding jobs, money & housing for these individuals.  Because of this, recidivism rates are off-the-charts as the expense climbs into the billions of dollars each year. 

Even so, there are things that can be done to help and some of those things are being done right here in Concord Massachusetts. Concord is home to New England’s largest and oldest prisoner outreach organization, one of the largest and most respected in the country. 

Come and learn more about the U.S. prison dilemma and what average citizens can do to make a difference.

Mark says:

It is currently my privilege to be the Chairman of the Board of a wonderful organization called “Concord Prison Outreach”.  This is the largest organization of it’s kind in the Northeast, sending volunteer teachers into the prisons to help heal, inspire, guide and teach our fellow countryman such that they may be able to reach their dreams eventually and lead a happy and productive life.  We are supported by over a hundred volunteer teachers and dozens of churches around Massachusetts.

Concurrently, I work full-time on the Psychiatric Department at Emerson hospital as Director of the therapeutic Group Program (which in fact delivers over 2,600 psych/educational classes per year).

I have taught in several capacities including several years as adjunct Professor in Strategic Planning at Suffolk University’s Graduate School of Management.  I spent 18 years holding a variety of management positions at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, which were delightful years.

Over the years I held many positions including Director of The International Health Inc, Chief Operating Officer of WorldPath Inc., Assistant Director for Patient Services of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

For fun I led trips with the Appalachian  Mountain club.  Among the trips I helped lead was one to the Inca trail in Peru, to tenting on top of Mount Rainier overnight, and to sailing around the British Virgin Islands.

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The meeting will start at 7:00 with socializing and a few announcements. The program will start at 7:15, after which we will have open discussion with the presenter followed by more socializing. At 9:00 we usually have an open steering committee meeting which anyone is invited to attend.

(Manager: Klaus)


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  • Maria G.

    Great work being done. Inspiring.

    May 8, 2014

  • Pat E.

    34 attended. Both speakers were good, and we had an excellent discussion of this important topic. There was effective socializing over refreshments at beginning and end of meeting.

    May 8, 2014

  • David K.

    Great topic

    May 7, 2014

  • Paul W J.

    We have a very unfortunate conflict with the Concord Town Meeting, also scheduled for Wednesday evening. This is a very important town meeting, but so is Mark's talk about the prison. I will try to do both, but I wish ardently that we had caught this conflict earlier.

    May 3, 2014

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