Restore Voting Rights in Florida

Florida is one of only four states that denies the right to vote to all former felons until they petition for rights restoration – this process is the target of our lawsuit. About 1.6 million Floridians are currently disenfranchised under... READ MORE

State Goods: Art in the Era of Mass Incarceration

Opening Reception: May 19: 6-8pm Performance: June 2, 2017: 7-9pm Symposium: June 3, 2017: 1-3pm STATE GOODS: ART IN THE ERA OF MASS INCARCERATIONfeatures works by currently and formerly incarcerated artists and explores how incarcerated people improvise to make works

Make your commitment: Contributing to criminal justice reform

  How can teaching Plato in prisons teach us what justice is?  Plato’s Republic begins with Athenians asking: what is justice? Now, through the Justice-in-Education initiative, Columbia faculty and students look for answers in a setting that goes well beyond the theoretical,... READ MORE

Beyond the Bars 2017 Recap

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 7th annual Beyond the Bars Conference: Transcending the Punishment Paradigm.  We are grateful for the more than 1500 attendees and the 150+ speakers who joined us over the four days. This... READ MORE

Introductory Circle Training

Introductory Circle Training May 3rd and 4th, 2017 – 9:30am – 4pm (both days) Columbia Law School – 435 W. 116th St – Case Lounge – 7th Floor This training will introduce Restorative Justice principles and cover the basics of Restorative

Envisioning Life After Incarceration: A Gendered Response

Please join The Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality (IRWGS) and the Center for Justice for the first in a series of interactive panels on women and mass incarceration and criminalization. “Envisioning Life after Incarceration” will focus on the

Why Education Matters

by Professor Geraldine Downey, Director of the Center for Justice at Columbia University Young people with a criminal history may face a lifetime of marginalization but we can support their transition to adulthood through education, says Geraldine Downey, Professor of... READ MORE