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In this spoken word performance piece, Christopher Etienne speaks of the injustices and deprivations that lie at the heart of the mass incarceration system. “Click Bang” is a monologue that addresses how individuals are impacted by the prison industrial complex during and post their incarceration. In this piece, the author uses emotional notes to speak on the necessity of second chances, while offering an introspective view on the realities of mass incarceration. 

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Christopher Etienne is a multimedia strategist who uses journalism and storytelling to shed light on injustice and raise awareness about social issues. Etienne's background as a first-generation Haitian-American who experienced poverty and incarceration inspires him to work with organizations such as NJ STEP, Rutgers, the Renaissance House, and Brooklyn CRAN Network. He studied documentary film at Columbia Journalism School and Africana studies at Rutgers University.