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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 the Center for Justice and the Criminal Justice Caucus to organize the annual Beyond the Bars Conference. This interdisciplinary leadership program aims to bring together a diverse group of Fellows to further develop their leadership skills. Fellows gain a theoretical and practical understanding of mass incarceration, including its origins and its widespread personal and societal consequences. Fellows are introduced to various models of social change while having an opportunity to interact with and learn from community activists, organizers and academics.

Check back soon for the application for the 2020-2021 fellowship. 

Justice Through Code is a free coding intensive that provides opportunities for formerly incarcerated individuals to begin to grow and develop into the technology leaders of tomorrow. It is jointly ​offered by Columbia University’s Center for Justice, and the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School.

Applications for the fall semester are due July 31. Apply here

To get involved as a JTC partner, email our program manager

Justice Ambassadors Youth Council (JAYC) is a platform for 18 to 24 year olds, who have been previously justice- involved and youth residing in New York City, to participate in an eight week, structured classroom setting with city officials to hold conversations about challenging community issues, including racial inequality, poverty, trauma, and to co-develop policy proposals. Members are offered a way to directly engage in shaping educational, employment, housing, and community policies that impact them and their communities.  

Apply for the fall cohort here

To get involved as a JAYC partner or city agency, contact 

The Collective Leadership Institute is inspired by our radical hope to strengthen the leadership of formerly incarcerated and directly impacted women, and expand their capacity to contribute to the women’s justice movement to end mass incarceration.

The Women Transcending Collective Leadership Institute (CLI) offers leadership development that includes: capacity building, legislative and advocacy tools, community organizing, and communication skills.

Learn more.

Check back for the next application cycle.

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If you have other ideas on how you would like to get involved in the work at the Center for Justice, please email