Criminal Justice Caucus

2015 Beyond the Bars: Transforming (In)Justice- Registration!!!

We are excited to announce that registration is now live for the 5th Annual Beyond the Bars Conference
Beyond the Bars: Transforming (In)Justice 
March 6th – 8th, 2015 at Columbia University

Featuring Michelle Alexander
Friday March 6th at Lerner Hall, Columbia University: 
Opening Event w. Michelle Alexander
Saturday March 7th at the Columbia School of Social Work:
An Agenda for Transformative Change – Morning & Afternoon Panels
Sunday March 8th at the Columbia School of Social Work:
Building the Grassroots – Organizing Workshops

Beyond The Bars: Transforming (In)Justice
is the fifth annual student-driven interdisciplinary conference on mass incarceration held at Columbia University. Given the greater consciousness in society of the state of mass incarceration, this conference brings people from different spaces and places to dig deeper in the work of ending mass incarceration, building justice and engaging attendees in action beyond the weekend

The conference launches Friday night with Michelle Alexander and a several other powerful guest speakers and performances. It continues into Saturday with the goal of developing an agenda for transformative change around mass incarceration.   Panelists come from a wide range of disciplines, experiences and locations from academics and professionals, to advocates and activists, to students, faculty and community members from across NYC and beyond. The conference concludes on Sunday with an afternoon of organizing workshops led by several grassroots groups working for change.

This year’s Beyond the Bars conference will focus on the idea of transformation.  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 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?

Organized by the Criminal Justice Caucus at CSSW, the Center for Justice at Columbia University and the Beyond the Bars Fellows

Petey Greene Volunteer Opportunity

This is just a reminder that we will be having an amazing volunteer opportunity event tonight with the Petey Green Program.(Facebook link: event is tonight at 8:10PM  at CUSSSW (located at 1255 Amsterdam Ave) in room 311. If you volunteered in the previous semester please come by to share your experience! Snacks will be provided! We look forward to seeing you there!

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What is Justice?

Please join us for a deconstructive seminar on “What is Justice?” on Wednesday, October 1 at 8pm in Room 405 in the CSSW building located at 1255 Amsterdam Ave. Come discuss the ways in which the power of theoretical concepts and definitions can influence institutional perceptions, and what we can do to create positive change.  This event is open to the public we and strongly encourage you to spread the information about the event to others. We are looking for individuals from multi-disciplinary lenses so that we make the seminar as holistic as possible because even one single word can have so much meaning. Please feel free to bring any material or video clips that you might want to share.

CJC & Petey Green Program Volunteer Opportunity

The new academic year has begun with great success. Thank you to all who were able to attend our first general body meeting, and our hopes are that more can attend in the future. CJC would like to invite you to an informational session about a great volunteer opportunity this Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 8pm in room 405 of the CSSW building located on 1255 Amsterdam Ave. This event is open to the public we and strongly encourage you to spread the information about the event to others. The guest agency will be the Petey Green Program, which specifies in offering tutoring programs to incarcerated individuals. They work to promote academic achievement in prison classrooms in order to support people and build stronger communities. At this info session, prospective volunteers will learn more about the tutoring experience. We look forward to seeing many individuals.

Starting a New Year

The new academic year has begun, and that means a new year for the Criminal Justice Caucus! We would first like to thank previous leaders for establishing and paving the way for this wonderful caucus where we can all get together to discuss and be proactive about issues within the criminal justice system and seeking ways of reforms. We understand that many individuals have supported and been involved in CJC and hope that many continue to be involved; however, those who are no longer able to be involved with CJC please notify us so that we can take your email off our listserv. Those who do wish to begin or continue to be a part of CJC, we welcome you to join us for our first general body meeting tomorrow September 10, 2014 at 12:15pm in the CSSW building (located at 1255 Amsterdam Ave) room C06. We will be discussing the role and vision of CJC along with available leadership positions. We are looking forward to seeing many individuals there and hearing about the passionate issues and events that you are seeking to inform others about. The caucus strongly believes in being a student and community focused organization; therefore, we encourage you to contact and participate in our caucus because without your involvement it is difficult to accomplish our vision of integration and collaboration. We look forward to meeting individuals tomorrow, and hope that everyone is having a great start to the academic year.


Beyond the Bars is ONE WEEK AWAY!!!


Please Join Us! Register Here: https://beyondthebars2014.eventbrite.comFINAL BTB FLYER 2014

REGISTRATION IS LIVE!!! For Beyond the Bars: Breaking Through!!!

We are happy to announce that registration is now open for BTB 2014! Please click the link below for more information and to register. See you there!

Volunteer Opportunities for Beyond the Bars 2014

If you are interested in volunteering for the conference on March 7th and/or March 8th, please contact the following:

Amanda Valladares:

Carley Martin:

A variety of time slots are available and there will be a mandatory volunteer orientation on Monday, February 24, at 6:30pm.

Thank you!

Save the Date! Beyond the Bars: Breaking Through March 7-8, 2014!

Save the Date! Beyond the Bars: Breaking Through May 7-8, 2014!

Please join us! Registration will go LIVE this week!

Geographies of Incarceration: A 21st- Century Teach-In

Geographies of Incarceration: A 21st- Century Teach-In

This will be an amazing event! Please attend if you can!