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Issues Beyond Bars

“Education cuts recidivism in half, and that’s probably an underestimate,” said Professor Geraldine Downey. “It is the best protection against recidivism and against going into prison in the first place.” As the director of the University’s Center for Justice, Downey is one of 20 Columbia professors teaching in six different prisons in a collaboration with the Heyman Center for the Humanities and the School of Professional Studies.

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Youth Justice Initiatives

Juvenile incarceration is based on an archaic model. Programs at the Justice Lab focus on reforming the way adolescents serve time.

Jarrell Daniels in a navy blue suit and white shirt in front of a wall of blue waves.

Education Everywhere

Jarrell Daniels, a Justice-in-Education Scholar, gave a TED Talk on reforming the justice system with the use of educational programs.

A screenshot of a VR game on racism. It depicts a young black man in his bedroom standing in front of a mirror.

Simulation Education

SIM|ED incubates social justice innovations for young people and formerly incarcerated individuals, as well as law enforcement officials.

Federal Judge Jed Rakoff at a podium in front of a chalkboard.

Courtroom Lessons

Federal Judge Jed Rakoff discusses cases fresh off the bench in his Criminal Law class for first-year students at Columbia Law School.

An illustration of a person standing in the open doorway of a prison cell that looks onto waves of blue and green and an orange sun.

Would You Survive Parole?

A representation of life after prison captures the frustration of individuals reclaiming their lives. This experiential model was designed by Columbia Business School's Tamer Center for Social Enterprise as well as the Osborne Association and Reinventing Reentry, two nonprofits working on criminal-justice issues.

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From the Inside Out: The Power of Language to Incarcerate

Sept. 21

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1125 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10452

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