The Center for Justice is committed to ending mass incarceration and criminalization, and advancing alternative approaches to justice and safety through education, research, and policy change. Its mission is to help transform the approaches to justice from being driven by punishment and retribution to being centered on prevention and healing. The Center is interdisciplinary and works in partnership with schools, departments, centers and institutes across Columbia, other universities, government agencies, community organizations, advocates and those directly affected by the criminal justice system.

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Register for the 2024 Beyond the Bars Conference


Kevin Mays became a Beyond the Bars Fellow right after he came home from prison in 2019.

New piece in Inquest highlights the creation of our Justice Beyond Punishment Collaborative and what we have collectively learned in the last three

Join us April 4–7, 2024 for Beyond the Bars, an annual conference supporting movement building to end mass incarceration.

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