Changing Lenses: Justice in the Eyes of Science and the People Impacted

Monday, October 26, 2020
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Online Event


Presented by Columbia University's Center for Science and Society, this seminar will consider the contribution of science and the expertise of people directly impacted by the criminal justice system in formulating new approaches to justice. 

The intent is to generate an agenda for innovative action in education, research, and policy engagement. The speakers will discuss concrete examples of different approaches: seminars in which prosecutors and incarcerated students collaborate on implementable policy proposals (notably, the “Inside Criminal Justice” seminar); the use of neuroscience and psychology research to develop legal arguments for restorative and rehabilitative rather than retributive justice; the application of neuroscience- and psychology-based understanding of human behavior and behavior change to inform legal practice and public policy.


  • Jarrell Daniels, Graduate of the Inside Criminal Justice Seminar, Founder of the Justice Ambassadors Youth Council, and General Studies Student at Columbia University
  • Geraldine Downey, Robert Johnston Niven Professor of Humane Letters in Psychology and Director of the Center for Justice at Columbia University
  • Lucy Lang, Former Executive Director of the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Denise Roman, Graduate of the Inside Criminal Justice Seminar
  • Dafna Yoran, Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan DA’s Office and Graduate of the Inside Criminal Justice Seminar 
  • Moderated by Federica Coppola, Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience at Columbia University (2017-20)