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New report from the Center for Justice compiles and analyzes data on in-custody deaths in New York State between 1976 and 2020 and offers policy re

New report from the Center for Justice compiles and analyzes data on in-custody deaths in New York State between 1976 and 2020 and offers policy recommendations for curtailing the number of deaths behind bars.

This year's conference will take place virtually. The theme is Towards Freedom: Violence, Safety, and Abolition 2021. 

A fiscal analysis of pending justice reforms in New York State finds that implementing them would collectively save and/or generate an estimated $1.52 billion for the state annually.

From Prison to Programming: Justice Through Code Provides a Pathway to Careers in Tech

Merch for the 2021 Beyond The Bars conference is now available! Get your BTB swag in time for the conference on March 18-21. 

The Center for Justice is seeking a Program Coordinator to support the development and implementation of the Justice Beyond Punishment Collaborative.

The new, special edition issue of Synapsis Journal features auto-ethnographies of incarceration, Covid-19, and surviving lockdown with poetry, songs, non-fiction pieces, and letters written by Justice-in-Education Scholars. 

Sign up now for Responding Restoratively: An Introduction to Restorative Principles and Practices with CSSW lecturer Sethu Nair. 

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. 

Are you formerly incarcerated and want to learn how to code and explore jobs in the tech industry? We are currently accepting students for our Justice Through Code program for the spring semester. 

Justice Through Code has teamed up with software development agency Emergent Works to provide job opportunities for JTC graduates as they work alongside seasoned software engineers.

The Center for Justice joined the Mayor's Office Young Men's Initiative, Life Camp, Save Our Streets and many others for a march toward community safety and to empower youth to explore alternatives to violence.

Justice Through Code and Coursera have teamed up to provide free life-changing access to online educational experiences to formerly incarcerated and justice-involved individuals.

The Task Force stood in front of the Rikers Island sign at the entrance to the Rikers Island Bridge, calling for an end to abuse by Corrections staff and release for the women still detained at the Rose M. Singer Center

Manual allows prosecutors and colleges to replicate the Inside Criminal Justice program, a seminar-style college course in which prosecutors and incarcerated students study together inside prisons.

The Beyond the Bars Fellowship offers students and community members an interdisciplinary leadership development program to develop and deepen their identity, analysis, skills and network towards ending mass criminalization and incarceration, and creating a more just and safe world. 

The Justic Ambassadors Youth Council builds on the leadership skills of previously disenfranchised youth and provides them with the opportunity to become drivers of democratic change within their community.

On Thursday morning, July 16, Justice Through Code Program Manager Aedan Macdonald appeared on Digital Trends Live to share about how the program increases tech opportunities for formerly incarcerated people. Digital Trends is a tech news, lifestyle, and information website that publishes news, reviews, guides, how-to articles, descriptive videos, and podcasts about technology and consumer electronics products. Each week they host a live news show about the latest tech news, products, and more. Aedan was interviewed for a ten-minute segment about how offering coding courses to formerly incarcerated people can create more sustainable careers. 

Participants in the #WhatAboutHer? Rally shared the stories of women who have been brutalized or died by police or corrections brutality.

NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Program is accepting applications. The program awards $1,000 scholarships to selected NYCHA residents enrolled as undergraduates at the City University of New York (CUNY). The deadline to apply is July 23, 2020.

Are you formerly incarcerated and want to learn how to code and explore jobs in the tech industry? We are currently accepting students for our Justice Through Code program for the fall semester. 

Faculty and scholars from universities and colleges across New York City pen a letter to City Council Speaker and Members calling for a $1 billion cut from the NYPD budget and for reinvestment into communities

Over 120 Columbia Scholars Write Open Letter to Governor Cuomo Urging Immediate Release of Incarcerated People Vulnerable to COVID-19.

We want to thank so many of you for joining us at Beyond the Bars 2020.  It was an incredible few days to gather together to connect and to plot on the world we want, and to navigate the world we are in.  

Join us in the first of several calls to action coming out of Beyond the Bars 2020.  First up is supporting the work of the Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP) Campaign to get emergency clemencies granted in NYS prisons for those at serious risk of being harmed by COVID-19. 

More than 40 current and former probation and parole executives from across the country, as well as The National Association of Probation Executives, released a statement today providing guidance to limit the threat of coronavirus. The statement is the first attempt by corrections officials across jurisdictions to limit the impact of coronavirus on the U.S. through correctional population reduction measures. 

This year's theme aims to explore strategies for challenging a carceral society.  Register and join us March 5th - 8th. 

The inaugural Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter Lecture Series at Columbia University sponsored by The African American and African Diaspora Studies Department prompted discussions of education and incarceration.

Ending Torturous Conditions, Decarceration and Closing Prisons
Building Solidarity and Justice from Mississippi to New York

We are so excited about our 10th annual Beyond the Bars Conference and we can't wait for so many of you to join us. 

Registration for the conference is free and open to all.  Registration will be up by February 14th so please check back here or sign up for our newsletter on the homepage. 

This year’s Beyond the Bars conference (March 5-8, 2020 in New York City) aims to explore the issue of strategies in challenging a carceral society.

It is our hope that Beyond the Bars 10 will be a generative space to surface and explore where the movement stands today, discuss a range of strategic issues, and further our freedom plans towards transforming the society in which we live. 

On our 10th year of the annual Beyond the Bars Conference, we are excited to gather with a broad range of activists, organizers, practitioners, students, educators, faculty, impacted people and community members, to grapple with movement building strategies for challenging a carceral society.

We are also excited to invite proposals for organizing workshops for Sunday March 8th.  You can click the link below to learn more about this year's conference as well as the request for proposals. 

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.

We are excited to announce the dates for Beyond the Bars 2020! Mark your calendars! Save the Date!
 

The Beyond the Bars Fellowship offers students and community members an interdisciplinary leadership development program to develop and deepen their identity, analysis, skills and network towards ending mass incarceration and creating a more just and safe world. Apply now!

Olivia Heffernan profiles the inaugural Justice Ambassadors cohort. 

The co-founder, Jarrell Daniels, 24, modeled the program on the Inside Criminal Justice program–a partnership between the Manhattan DA’s Office, the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, and Columbia University, in which he took part toward the end of a six-year prison sentence he began at age 18.

New Columbia Initiative Brings Together New York Criminal Justice Officials with Local Youth to Address Issues of Mass Incarceration. Jointly authored policy proposals to be presented at Columbia University’s Inaugural Justice Ambassadors Youth Council Summit on June 11th.