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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Op-Ed from Bruce Western and Bernard Harcourt on Parole Reform and the Case of Herman Bell

Columbia Law Professor Bernard Harcourt and Columbia Justice Lab Director and Professor of Criminal Justice Policy at Harvard University Bruce Western co-wrote an op-ed in the Daily News on the case for parole reform and the case of Herman Bell.

Harcourt and Western write “New York’s new parole rules bring the state more into line with international standards and acknowledge a reality uncovered by criminologists. Criminal offending declines with age, and virtually all people convicted of crimes ultimately cease their involvement in crime at some point in their lives. With very long prison sentences, we inevitably incarcerate people who pose no risk to society.

Just as important as the research evidence, the new parole rules acknowledge that unending terms of incarceration do too little to heal the pain of communities and families harmed by serious violence. The new parole rules express a belief that debts can be paid, and those who have caused terrible pain to others, like Bell, are nevertheless worthy of redemption.”

You can read the full article on the Daily News site here:

Why Should We Keep Murderers in Prison Until They Die? 

You can also read more about our work on parole reform from our report Aging in Prison: Reducing Elder Incarceration and Promoting Public Safety.

 

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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Beyond the Bars 2018 Recap! Videos, Photos and More

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 8th annual Beyond the Bars Conference, this year focusing on the efforts to close jails and prisons.  We are continually humbled by the strength and diversity of the movement to end mass incarceration and mass criminalization and are thankful to all of those who spent the weekend with us, and to the many who tuned in via livestream.  Below are a number of things from the conference to check out!

Videos!

Photos!

Programs 

Meet the 2017-18 Beyond the Bars Fellows

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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Beyond the Bars 2018 Conference: Register Now!

Just added to the Friday night line up is the First Lady of NYC. Yes, Chirlane McCray will be kicking off the event with opening remarks. 

Learn more about the First Lady at The Official Website of the City of New York

 

 

 

Join us for the 8th Annual Beyond the Bars Conference: Closing Jails and Prisons. Beyond the Bars brings together a trans-disciplinary group to advance the work of ending mass incarceration and mass criminalization and building a just and safe society.  This year we aim to contribute to the growing movement to close jails and prisons as a part of the larger struggle for decarceration. In particular, we will focus on elevating the efforts led by grassroots organizers that include people who are formerly incarcerated and directly impacted.

Join us as we work to deepen our collective analysis and advance  strategies for a just, equitable and safe society. We are happy to have Patrisse Khan Cullors joining us for our Friday evening event, Building the Movement!
Thursday March 1st 
Ending the Incarceration of Women and Girls
Columbia Law School

(Doors at 6:15pm – Event Starts at 6:30pm)

Friday March 2nd
Building the Movement: Conversations with Patrisse Khan-Cullors
Lerner Hall, Columbia University

(Doors at 6:45pm – Event Starts at 7:30pm)

Saturday March 3rd
Closing Jails and Prisons
Columbia School of Social Work

(Registration begins at 8:30am – Panels start at 9:30am)

Sunday March 4th 
Building the Grassroots 

Columbia School of Social Work
(Registration begins at 9:30am – Program starts at 10am)

BEYOND THE BARS CALL FOR ARTISTS

The Arts & Culture Committee for the 2018 Beyond the Bars Conference invites you to show your original visual artwork as part of the 2018 Beyond the Bars Conference March 1-4, 2018 at Columbia University in New York City. Our mission is to end mass incarceration and to bring justice to communities affected by the carceral system. Each year the conference examines different aspects of mass incarceration and alternative forms of justice. This year the theme is “Closing Jails and Prisons” and we are seeking artwork that imagines a post-carceral world.

If you would like to exhibit for the 2018 Beyond the Bars Conference please email us at btbartsculture@gmail.com by 5pm February 15, 2018. In your email please include a PDF of the artwork(s) you would like to submit along with your contact information and a brief description of how your artwork contributes to visions of a world free of prisons and jails.

You can also fill out this form to provide us information about your submission: