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Our 7th Beyond the Bars Conference was a huge success, thanks to all of the people who supported us!  We will soon be starting the planning for 2018 and your feedback on this year’s conference will help us improve next year.   Whether you... READ MORE


CLICK HERE TO LIFESTREAM THE CONFERENCE We will be live streaming the Beyond the Bars Conference Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Livestreaming schedule below. Thursday Night – Women Transcending the Punishment Paradigm (Event Starts at 6:30pm) Columbia Law School Friday Night – Building the Movement:... READ MORE

Watch Now “13TH” Film Screening & Discussion – Feb. 8, 2017

“13” is an Oscar-nomintated documentary about mass incarceration in the U.S., racism, and the criminalization of African Americans, directed by Ava DuVernay (“Selma”). Discussion followed with: Professor Jelani Cobb, Columbia Journalism School Professor Geraldine Downey, Columbia University Department of Psychology, Center for... READ MORE

Beyond the Bars Call for Artists

The Beyond the Bars Conference at Columbia University is seeking artwork in response to the theme of this year’s conference: Transcending the Punishment Paradigm. The conference will address the criminal justice system’s responses to violence focusing on the following four... READ MORE

Meet the 2016-17 Beyond the Bars Fellows

We are excited to introduce the 2016-17 Beyond the Bars Fellows, the third cohort of this growing Fellowship. Our current Fellows come from many schools across Columbia (Social Work, Teachers College, Columbia College, the School of the Arts, School of... READ MORE

A Holiday Message From Director Geraldine Downey

December 21st, 2016 Dear Friends and Colleagues, We are reaching out after an arduous and contentious election that left much of our country divided, and many with a feeling of discontent and powerlessness. However, instead of feeling defeated, we feel... READ MORE

Understanding the Needs of Women in the Justice System

Kristi DiLallo  is a 2016-2017 Beyond the Bars Fellow, Center for Justice and Intern, Communications, Vera Institute of justice. She writes: Last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a new series of prison reform initiatives, including a push to expand resources for incarcerated... READ MORE