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Join us on Monday, February 8, 4:30-6:30pm for the second event in The [in]Justice System series, entitled "Incarceration, Education, and Reentry: Reversing the School-to-Prison Pipeline." This event will feature Violeta Alvarez, Board Member, Underground Scholars Initiative and Instructor, Teach in Prison DeCal; Ronald Moss, Executive Director for the Gamble Institute and Street Scholars Peer-Mentoring Program; Danny Murillo, Program Analyst, Vera Institute of Justice and NJ-STEP Mountainview Program; and Simon Woodard, Program Coordinator, Prison University Project. With special guests from the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Asian Prisoner Support Committee, and Root & Rebound. This panel will be moderated by Professor Patricia Hilden, from the Ethnic Studies Department, UC Berkeley.
Panelists will discuss higher education programs in prison and after release, and their effects on people’s experiences and opportunities during reentry. A reception with food and drinks will follow the event. All are welcome. Please RSVP here.
About the [In]Justice System Series
United States prisons and jails—incarcerating 25 percent of all prisoners in the world—are the subject of unprecedented public attention. Mass incarceration, racial and economic inequity, violence against prisoners, and medical and mental health neglect now receive critical scrutiny after years in the shadows. President Obama recently became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. State legislatures are working to cut prison populations, and once unthinkable bipartisan coalitions are tackling criminal justice reform. A recent landmark legal agreement in California will establish some limits on solitary confinement. Even with this new attention and an appetite for change, no major reforms have been implemented.
UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Program and the Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law, with the generous support of the Townsend Center for the Humanities and Social Science Matrix, are pleased to present a 2015-16 event series focused on California prisons. This series examines conditions, policies, and prospects for change within a national and international context. Speakers include scholars, advocates, international practitioners, and formerly incarcerated people.