“The High Costs of Low Risk” report by The Osborne Association

Osborne Announces “The High Costs of Low Risk: The Crisis of America’s Aging Prison Population”

 

In The High Costs of Low Risk: The Crisis of America’s Aging Prison Population, the Osborne Association recommends immediate steps to stem the rapid growth of Americans aging – and dying –  behind bars and reduce the roadblocks older people face returning to society.

Even as crime is at national lows and 36 states have reduced imprisonment rates, the number of older adults in prison, many of whom require specialized medical care for age-related illnesses, has only continued to grow. By 2030, people over 50 will make up one-third of the US prison population, putting an unsustainable pressure on the justice system as a whole.

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Daily News features Justice In Education Scholar Leyla Martinez

Leyla set to graduate from Columbia University inspires her son to apply to college

Justice in Education Scholars Receive 2018 Change Agent Award

The School of General Studies Student Leadership Awards are given to individuals that have distinguished themselves with their dedication to leadership and service to the School of General Studies and/or the Columbia University community.

2018 Change Agent Award is in its inaugural year and is given to a very select group of GS students who have made outstanding contributions through their dedication to equity, inclusion, and social justice to the School of General Studies and the Columbia University Community.

GS Student Leadership Awards Dinner on the evening of Tuesday, May 1 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Rotunda of Low Library.

 

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CONGRATULATIONS TO LEYLA MARTINEZ AND ISAAC SCOTT

 

Leyla Martinez is a first-generation student at Columbia’s School of General Studies, where she is a senior majoring in Human Rights. She is also the President/Founder of the Beyond the Box Initiative (BTB), which is an organization for current and prospective students who have been directly or indirectly impacted by mass incarceration. Ms. Martinez has spoken at different Law Schools around the country about the effects of incarceration on women, children and communities. She has also been invited to speak on panel discussions at The White House, Google, UCLA, YouTube, Columbia University and more. Leyla is a member of the first Justice in Education (JIE) cohort and the first JIE Scholar to be accepted into Columbia University. She is a Program for Academic Leadership and Service Scholar, Gilman Scholar, Joey O’Loughlin Scholar, Mother’s Day Scholar, Women’s Forum Education Fund Fellow, Beyond the Bars Fellow, Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability Fellow and Women’s Independence Scholar.

 

 

 

Isaac Scott is a formerly incarcerated artist and activist. As the Program Director for The Confined Arts, he is a leader in promoting justice reform and prison abolition through the transformative power of the arts. Since returning to society, he’s combined fine art and graphic design with his passion for the arts to accomplish goals that could not have been achieved without such a socially valued means of expression. Isaac’s passion for equal human rights runs deep as a result of being directly affected by the criminal justice system and its disenfranchising nature. ​Today, Isaac is studying film and media at the Columbia University School of General Studies and is the Arts and Communications Coordinator at the Center for Justice at Columbia University. His work includes research, public speaking, and managing the center’s public outreach. Isaac is studying filmmaking to pursue his ambitions for producing content that honestly represents the true lived narratives of stigmatized people. He believes that art, in every form, is  effective in changing perceptions and conquering stigma. Through lived experience, Isaac personally understands the need for realistic representations of individuals like himself, who’ve been convicted of a crime in the past. Isaac also understands the healing power of the arts; it’s influential enough to transform both the artist and the audience. He is now in a position to assist those artists following behind him and to use his creativity in many ways to continue educating and promoting change.

Center for Justice Director, Geraldine Downey Receives Presidential Awards for Outstanding Teaching by Faculty

The Presidential Teaching Awards were established in 1996 as a way to honor the University’s best teachers. They are conferred based on the original criteria for the awards for faculty and graduate student instructors. To receive this award is a great honor, as it demonstrates commitment to excellent and often innovative teaching as recognized by the entire Columbia community. Click on the menu links at left to learn more about the selection process and eligibility criteria for the faculty and graduate student instructor awards.

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“TO EXAMINE SOCIETY AND TRY TO CHANGE IT” BY JUSTICE IN EDUCATION PROFESSOR NICOLE CALLAHAN

A Columbia University course serving formerly incarcerated men and women is grounded in an understanding of the powerful meliorative effects of education.

take a seat near the middle of the table at 6:06 p.m. The room soon fills, students clutching coffee, shedding coats; someone brings gummy worms and sends them around the table. At 6:10, everyone has arrived. It is time to begin. Our space on the sixth floor of Columbia University’s Philosophy Hall is long and narrow and dominated by a table that seats 12, leaving 5 students to sit around the periphery with books on their laps. Our community rule is to switch seats every class, preventing a hierarchy from forming between table regulars and the rest.

 

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HUMANITIES BEHIND BARS

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR INCARCERATED YOUTH ON RIKERS ISLAND

Humanities New York sits down with Josie Whittlesey of Drama Club and Cameron Rasmussen and Ryan Burvick from the “Beats, Rhymes and Justice” program. They discuss the Action Grant-supported projects they offer to incarcerated youth (men and women under the age of 21) on Rikers Island…

 

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From Human Justice to Healing Justice, a report from H.O.L.L.A!’s Youth Organizing Collective

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From Human Justice to Healing Justice: A Non-Traditional Approach to Youth and Community Development and Healing

In this report, H.O.L.L.A!’s Youth Organizing Collective outlines who we are, what legacies we stand on, lessons we learned from our movement praxis, and we believe are critical for sustaining a daily practice of Healing and Justice…

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CALL FOR ARTISTS AND TEACHING ARTISTS | THE CONFINED ARTS

Hello Friends,

 

Please share this opportunity throughout your networks and specifically with currently and formerly incarcerated artists.

The Confined Arts is looking for new and existing artists to collaborate with the From the Inside Out project. Selected artists will be given the opportunity to create representational and abstract art that illustrates new narratives about people in prison and people returning home. This includes visual arts, performing arts, poetry, song, and dance. Media artists will be given the opportunity to utilize and experiment with various aspects of media production. ​In addition, artists who are selected will receive extensive social media publicity and promotion through press release acknowledgments, as well as a public profile highlighting their artwork on www.isaacsquarterly.com. Stipends for selected artists will range from $50 – $500.

 

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Meet our 2017-18 Beyond the Bars Fellows

Our current Fellows come from many schools across Columbia (Social Work, Teachers College, Columbia Law School, and Columbia College), other colleges (Union Theological Seminary and New York University) and a variety of different community and government organizations (the Fortune Society, the Ford Foundation, the Safe Passage Project, the Sex Law and Policy Center, the Mayors Office of Criminal Justice, and Vocal New York).  We are honored to be working with such a powerful group of people and look forward to seeing the work of the Fellowship continue to grow.

 

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