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Opportunity: Beyond the Bars 2019 — Request for Proposals

January 24, 2019 Opportunities

The Beyond the Bars Conference is looking for proposals for workshops that will actively engage in justice work as it pertains to the impacts of criminalization and...

New Report: Ending Ban on Pell Grants for Prisoners

January 17, 2019 In the Press

Since 1994, prisoners have been unable to receive Pell Grants, the primary provider of federal financial aid to low-income students.

Making New York as Progressive on Criminal Justice as Texas

January 16, 2019 In the Press

Current state law in New York allows prosecutors to conceal crucial evidence from defense attorneys and their clients until shortly before the time of trial.

Senate Passes Bipartisan Criminal Justice Bill

January 7, 2019 In the Press

On Tuesday, December 18, 2018, the Senate approved a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill, the most substantial in decades.

Justice-in-Education Initiative Featured by National Humanities Alliance

December 20, 2018 In the Press

The National Humanities Alliance mentioned the Justice-in-Education Initiative in their latest Humanities for All essay, “Goals of the Publicly Engaged Humanities.”

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...

Opportunity: Right of Return—A Fellowship For Formerly Incarcerated Artists

December 13, 2018 Opportunities

Right of Return was founded in 2017 as the only fellowship opportunity exclusively for formerly incarcerated artists.

Columbia Faculty Bernard Harcourt on Trump and the Fascist Right

November 30, 2018 In the Press

“We are watching, in real time, a new right discourse come to define the American presidency.”

Nicole Callahan on Ethical Education and A Poetics of Freedom

November 9, 2018 In the Press

“So much of what really happens in our system is that people are cowed into submission, traumatized and damaged.”

EuropeNow Publishes a Special Feature on “Crime and Punishment”

November 7, 2018 In the Press

“It is in part by measuring the US prison population against the rest of the world’s that we underscore the extent to which mass incarceration is a genuinely massive...