The Center for Justice works to increase access to education for currently and formerly incarcerated students as well as expand educational opportunities for students and faculty at Columbia and beyond to learn about issues of incarceration and justice.  The Center serves as a catalyst for curriculum development both within individual schools and disciplines, and through interdisciplinary courses and hosts a wide array of public programming throughout the year including our annual Beyond the Bars Conference.

Rikers Education Program

The Rikers Education Program (REP) provides opportunities for students at Rikers Island (ages 16-21) and Columbia University students and faculty to engage in college-oriented education programming with a focus on social justice issues.  REP works with Columbia faculty and graduateLEARN MORE >

Justice in Education Initiative

The Justice-in-Education Initiative is a collaboration between the Center for Justice at Columbia University and the Heyman Center for the Humanities, along with the Media and Idea Lab of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, to provideLEARN MORE >

Directly Impacted Group (DIG)

ABOUT DIG The mission of the Directly Impacted Group (DIG) is to provide support and advocate for formerly incarcerated students, staff, faculty and directly impacted family members on campus. Our organization: Recruits for the purpose of increasing the retention ofLEARN MORE >

Beyond the Bars Conference

Beyond the Bars is an annual student-driven interdisciplinary conference on mass incarceration held at Columbia University.  Each year the conference brings together students, faculty, activists, advocates, practitioners, those who have experienced incarceration, community members and more to  connect, galvanize andLEARN MORE >

Beyond the Bars Fellowship

About the Fellowship  The Beyond the Bars Fellowship offers students and community members an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of mass incarceration and social change; and to collaborate with social justice organizers, activists, and academics to plan the annual BeyondLEARN MORE >

Just Futures

Just Futures, a collaboration with Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, is a restorative justice education and leadership program for youth and young adults who are detained or incarcerated. Just Futures works to support education, healing and leadership of youth andLEARN MORE >