After Incarceration: Stories From Those Who’ve Lived It

Exterior view of Mount McGregor Correctional Facility in Moreau, New York, in the fall of 2015, photograph by Dorothea Trufelman ‘16

Join us in on Thursday, September 14, 7:00 pm, for a discussion of community and restorative justice. The discussion will focus on mass incarceration from the perspective of people who have experienced it and are working to end it. Sheila Rule, Jasmyn Story ’15, and Frank Zarro will comprise the panel, moderated by David Karp, Skidmore Sociology Professor and Director of Project on Restorative Justice.

Panelists will share stories of what it is like to be incarcerated and the impact it has on family and loved ones. They will discuss the challenges of finding work, housing, and social support while confronting the stigma of incarceration and how to help the formerly incarcerated regain their sense of dignity and success when they return to the community. The panel will consider alternatives to traditional punishment, especially restorative justice, community justice, and other methods to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline and racial disparities that plague the criminal justice system.

Learn more about Restorative Justice, and Community Justice, including When People Work, a new social entrepreneurship helping formerly-incarcerated people find employment.

A reception will immediately follow the panel discussion. After Incarceration: Stories From Those Who’ve Lived It is cosponsored by the Department of Sociology. This event is free and open to the public.

States of Incarceration is organized for the Tang Teaching Museum by Rachel Seligman, Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs, Tang Teaching Museum, and Eric Morser, Associate Professor of History, Skidmore College with Skidmore College students from the course “Adventures in Public History: The Prison Project.” The exhibition is supported by National Endowment for the Humanities, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and at Skidmore College by Project VIS, the John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative, and the Skidmore College History Department. For a complete list of public programs, visit the States of Incarceration exhibition page.

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