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Syllabus: A History of Poverty

December 18, 2018 JIE Updates

This is the syllabus for a course taught in 2017 at a maximum-security New York State prison. The course investigates the history of American poverty from the colonial...

Announcing the 2018-2020 Social Justice Institute Cohort

September 5, 2018 Opportunities

The BCRW Social Justice Institute is thrilled to welcome the 2018-2020 cohort, with Artist-in-Residence La Vaughn Belle, Researcher-in-Residence Mariame Kaba,...

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Rikers Debate Project Featured in the New Yorker Radio Hour Podcast

August 11, 2020 In the Press

The Rikers Debate Project, which pairs former college debaters and current professionals with students at Rikers Island to teach the skill of competitive debate, was...

Chicago Artists Fuel the Movement for Prison Abolition

August 7, 2020 In the Press

“Sometimes there’s a rush to say we support Black lives and people of color, but the question is, ‘How are you showing up?’”

The Morgan Library and Museum Launches an Online Exhibition Focused on Justice

August 6, 2020 In the Press

Curators tour the vault, bringing seldom-seen treasures off the shelf for their close-ups.

New Bill Allowing CANY to Adequately Report on Prison Conditions Passes New York State Assembly and Senate

July 27, 2020 In the Press

Assembly Bill A10194, which permits the correctional association to access, visit, inspect, and examine all state correctional facilities has passed the NY State Assembly...

New Website Dedicated to COVID-19 in Prisons in New York

July 21, 2020 In the Press

The Correctional Association of New York (CANY) has launched a new website dedicated to sharing information about what they're hearing from people in prison affected by...

How Prosecutors Perpetuate Structural Racism

July 13, 2020 In the Press

“While police officers are finally (and rightfully) being called out, prosecutors are skating by free of blame, reputations untarnished and funding untouched.”

New Issue of PEN America’s “Temperature Check” Features Nicole Fleetwood

June 26, 2020 In the Press

“What I learned from talking to over 70 currently and imprisoned artists is how arbitrary and brutal the rules of living in punitive captivity are.”

NY-CHEP Stands in Solidarity with Statement on George Floyd and the Police State

June 2, 2020 JIE Updates

"We understand anti-racism as inextricable from our primary work to build a more just society by creating higher education opportunities for women and men during and...

The Digital Abolitionist Launches Row Art, Voices from Inside

June 1, 2020 In the Press

Row Art, Voices from Inside is an art exhibit dedicated to all those facing execution during the global pandemic.

Prison and the Pandemic

May 27, 2020 In the Press

Reporting on in-prison research on the experiences of people living and working in prison in combatting the spread of Covid-19.