Upcoming Events Calendar

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March 2-April 17

Prison Obscura

Curated by Prison Photography editor Pete Brook, Prison Obscura is a traveling exhibition that explores an area of society that, in spite of its explosive growth, continues to exist in the shadows — the country’s prisons and jails. Presenting rarely seen vernacular, surveillance, evidentiary, and prisoner-made photographs, the exhibition sheds light on the prison industrial complex and those it confines. The works in Prison Obscura vary from aerial views of prison complexes to intimate portraits of incarcerated individuals.

Prison Obscura

Mon., Mar. 2-Fri., April 17
The New School
66 Fifth Ave. at 13th St.
NYC

For more information, click here.

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March 2

Incarceration’s Witnesses: American Prison Writing

A massive, open, on-line course (or MOOC) on the edX platform.  It is entirely free and launches on March 2. “Incarceration’s Witnesses” offers a history of the American prison through the writing produced by incarcerated people. Its premise is that no one has ever understood the prison as well as imprisoned people themselves.  No one but the imprisoned writer can tell us the full human cost of the current legal order. This is a literature that reaches from the gallows confessions of the seventeenth and eighteenth century, to the latest broadcast from Mumia Abu-Jamal. Reading and understanding this work is essential to a full understanding of the American experiment itself. The course includes includes videos, text, maps, interviews, on-line discussion groups, and links
to primary and secondary sources in the history of prisoner writing and prisons. There are no costs to participants. There is simply an opportunity to join others as we follow what incarcerated people have written throughout the troubling history of the prison in the U.S.

Incarceration’s Witnesses: American Prison Writing

Mon., Mar. 2

Online course launches on Mar. 5. For more information, click here.

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March 5

Prisoner Reentry Institute: Consequences For Communities

 The 2014-15 PRI Occasional Series on Reentry Research will highlight issues raised by the National Academy of Sciences’ groundbreaking report, The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Causes and Consequences. Please join us on Thursday, March 5th, 2015, for the fifth installment in this series, which will feature keynote speaker Dr. Todd Clear, Provost Rutgers University-Newark, presenting his recent research “Predicting Crime Through Incarceration: The Impact of Rates of Prison Cycling on Rates of Crime in Communities”. This groundbreaking work, co-authored by Natasha Frost, Geert Dhondt, Michael Carr, and Anthony Braga explores the hypothesis that the effects of mass incarceration work to increase, rather than decrease, neighborhood crime rates. Additional speakers will be added as they are confirmed.The event will be held in moot court on the sixth floor of John Jay College’s New Building, with bagels & coffee available at 8:30am and the speakers beginning promptly at 9am. In addition to remarks by each featured speaker, the day will include a moderated panel discussion and audience Q & A.

Prisoner Reentry Institute: Consequences For Communities

Thurs., Mar. 5
8:30 AM
John Jay College’s New Building
Moot Court
6th floor
524 West 59th St.
NYC

Click here for more information and to register.

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March 6-8

Beyond The Bars: Transforming (In)Justice

Featuring Michelle Alexander. This year’s Beyond the Bars conference will focus on the idea of transformation.  Due to the work of so many of you, people across the country are increasingly aware of the racial, economic and social injustices that have come from what we now call mass incarceration, and what some are beginning to refer to as mass criminalization.  Individuals, communities, organizations, institutions, political bodies and more, are working on changing criminal justice policies across the carceral continuum from policing, to the courts, to the jails and prisons, and to the barriers and conditions for people returning from incarceration. The questions this conference will pose are: How do we work towards lasting transformative change? How do we develop a framework for changing the way our country seeks  justice that does not perpetuate the roots of the problems that have led us here? How do we create change that addresses the systemic marginalization vis-a-vis racism, classism, patriarchy and the countless other isms, while also addressing the need for individual accountability and the safety of our communities and our society? What is a transformative agenda for changing the way we seek justice?

Beyond The Bars: Transforming (In)Justice

Fri., Mar. 6-Sun., Mar. 8
Columbia University Center For Justice

To register, click here. For more information, click here.

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March 16 (tentatively rescheduled for this date from January 28)

The Science Of Positive Youth Development: “Can Youth Justice Be Compatible With Science?”

The Fortune Society’s Marlon Peterson will be one of the speakers at a youth justice symposium at John Jay College. The event will focus on the science of positive youth development. A follow up symposium in April will focus more on the practice of positive youth development. More details TBA.

The Science Of Positive Youth Development: “Can Youth Justice Be Compatible With Science?”

Mon., March 16 (tentatively rescheduled for this date from January 28)
8:30 AM-1:30 PM
John Jay College
2nd floor dining hall
524 West 59th St.
NYC

For more information, click here.

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March 17

Bennington College’s Incarceration In America Initiative:
A performance of  “The Castle”

The United States has the highest documented rate of incarceration in the world, a rate that has increased by 500 percent in the past 40 years. In response to this crisis,
Bennington College launched the Incarceration in America initiative. This growing initiative includes curriculum, visiting speakers, theatrical events, think tanks, and retreats to develop public policy and political action in the post-tough-on-crime era.

“The Castle” is one of three events held at Bennington College this spring in conjunction with this initiative. Free and open to the public.

The Castle was conceived, co-written, and directed by The Fortune Society founder David Rothenberg, and is co-written and performed by former clients of The Fortune Society. This breathtaking drama follows the formerly incarcerated cast, which has collectively served more than 70 years in prison, as they relate their harrowing, real-life journeys through adversity, crime, and redemption.

Bennington College’s Incarceration In America Initiative:
A performance of  “The Castle”

Tues., Mar. 17
7-9 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM)
Bennington College
1 College Dr.
Bennington, VT

Click here for more information. Free and open to the public.

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