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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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Justice-in-Education Initiative Featured in Columbia Spectator

December 17, 2019 In the Press

“Put simply: Education is not just a means to myriad positive ends, but an end unto itself. Education—on its own—is worth pursuing, worth having, and worth supporting.”

Opportunity: Justice Through Code

December 12, 2019 Opportunities

Justice Through Code (JTC) is a coding bootcamp that will serve as a gateway for formerly incarcerated individuals to explore potential careers in the technology sector.

Opportunity: Columbia University Incarcerated Writers Contest

December 5, 2019 Opportunities

Submit to the Columbia University Incarcerated Writers’ Initiative’s 2019 writing contest by January 14th.

Opportunity: Volunteer to Help Produce an Exhibit of Artwork by a Man Currently on Death Row

November 20, 2019 Opportunities

Interested volunteers should expect to commit 5-10 hours a week during the spring semester. This is a serious commitment, and volunteers will have leading roles.

Oklahoma Approves Largest Single-Day Commutation in U.S. History (Washington Post)

November 6, 2019 In the Press

Kim Bellware of The Washington Post reports on the recent commutation in Oklahoma of 527 people serving low-level drug and nonviolent offenses.

ACLU Unveils Smart Justice Blueprints to End Mass Incarceration State-by-State

October 21, 2019 In the Press

The Blueprints are the product of two and a half years of collecting data, analyzing policies, and learning from people directly impacted by our nation's mass...

The Studio Museum in Harlem Takes its Art to a Correctional Facility

September 26, 2019 JIE Updates

Columbia University’s Justice-in-Education Initiative and The Studio Museum in Harlem joined forces last summer to encourage incarcerated men to express their trauma...

PEN America Launches Second Annual America Prison Writing Awards Anthology

September 24, 2019 In the Press

Last Thursday at the Brooklyn Book Festival, PEN America launched their second annual PEN America Prison Writing Awards anthology, As I Hear the Rain.

Opportunity: Ferraro Fellow in College Prison Education and Public Philosophy and Visiting Faculty Position

September 23, 2019 Opportunities

Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) seeks a scholar-activist with a focus on public philosophy, incarceration, and social justice.

JIE Scholar Appears in National Geographic Episode of Activate

September 11, 2019 JIE Updates

Cash bail makes it a crime to be poor in America, but activists and artists have a plan to change that. Learn more about the effort to end cash bail when ACTIVATE airs...