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,... READ MORE


Beyond the Bars: Closing Jails and Prisons March 1-4, 2018 The 8th annual Beyond the Bars Conference of the Center for Justice at Columbia University seeks to contribute to the growing movement to close jails and prisons as a part

Beyond the Bars Open Mic Night

The 2018 Beyond the Bars Fellowship Presents a night of music and spoken word against prisons and jails Friday, February 23, 2018 from 7pm-9pm at the Fortune Society, 625 W. 140th Street. We invite all individuals, in particular those directly and indirectly impacted

New York Premiere of Survivors Guide to Prison

Gina Belafonte, Adrian Grenier, David Arquette, Danny Trejo & Jesse Williams in partnership with Columbia University’s Center for Justice cordially invite you as our guest to attend the    New York Premiere of Survivors Guide to Prison Wednesday, February 21st @ 7:00 pm  Landmark

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... READ MORE

Just Societies Speaker Series

by Division of Social Science The Just Societies Speaker Series is a set of lectures designed to provide a platform for scholars from other institutions and from within Columbia to speak on a host of critical issues, including wealth disparity,


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... READ MORE

Columbia Justice Lab Shaping Justice for the Future

Too Big to Succeed January 29, 2018 In this new report, some of the nation’s leading community corrections administrators discuss the consequences of the tremendous growth in probation and parole supervision in the United States over the past several decades. They argue... READ MORE