Recent News

New Justice-in-Education Workshop on Ethnography, Isolation, and COVID-19

May 8, 2020 JIE Updates

This workshop aims to provide students with the necessary skills to create ethnographic and auto-ethnographic reflections on the current COVID-19 health crisis.

Open Letter Urging Immediate Release of Incarcerated People Vulnerable to COVID-19

April 24, 2020 In the Press

120 Columbia University scholars, researchers, and educators released an open letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The Case for Releasing Inmates from Prison During Covid-19

April 17, 2020 In the Press

There is one crucial step that Governor Cuomo could take to save the lives of thousands of people in NYC: releasing people from prison.

Announcing the Launch of “The Digital Abolitionist”

April 17, 2020 In the Press

The Digital Abolitionist is a platform on prison abolition. Their current project is tracking prison abolitionist efforts during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Storytellers Lab at Rikers Island

April 16, 2020 In the Press

Since June 2018, in collaboration with the Department of Corrections, The Town Hall has provided theatre programming for young men on Rikers, aimed at using the arts as a...

PEN America Launches “Temperature Check”

April 10, 2020 In the Press

A new rapid response series featuring original creative reportage by incarcerated writers, accompanied by podcast interviews with criminal justice reform experts on the...

Emergency Order to Ease Jail Crowding Amid Pandemic in California

April 6, 2020 In the Press

In an attempt to reduce jail populations, where social distancing is nearly impossible, California is expected to implement an emergency order that eliminate bail for low...

The Justice Collaborative Launches COVID-19 Response & Resources Page

April 3, 2020 In the Press

The Justice Collaborative has created a Response and Resources page to share essential information, proposed policies, and other resources for activists, public...

UCLA Law Builds Databases on Prisons and COVID-19

April 3, 2020 In the Press

The UCLA School of Law has shared a growing comprehensive spreadsheet including results from a state-by-state survey of changes in visitor policies, requests for...

The Prison Policy Initiative is Tracking the Best Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 3, 2020 In the Press

What should criminal justice agencies be doing to protect public health?