Education and the Criminal Justice System: Change from Within
Presented by Students for Criminal Justice Reform (SCJR) and Wagner Education Policy Studies Association (WEPSA)

SCJR and WEPSA invite you to learn from the experiences of two pivotal figures in the criminal justice field who were instrumental in implementing secondary education in a NY prison.

In the mid-90's, over 350 college programs in prisons were shut down and a new provision denied incarcerated men and women access to Pell Grants. However, at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison for women located in Westchester County, NY, an Inmate Committee, the Superintendent and a group of colleges and universities fought to bring back college-in-prison in 1997. Kathy Boudin and Cheryl Wilkins, both formerly incarcerated at BHCF during this time, will discuss how they successfully advocated for change in an institutional setting and share their tools and lessons learned. The event will allow audience members to practice advocacy techniques and take away ideas for how to effectively implement change in whatever context they're working in.

Refreshments will be provided.