Criminal Justice Caucus

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!

On the Radar

So many things have been happening on so many fronts so we wanted to take a moment to share with you all some of what has been on our radar.

Solitary Confinement

Prison Profiteers Are Neo-Slaveholders and Solitary Is Their Weapon of Choice

Criminal Justice System’s Dark Secret: Teenagers in Solitary Confinement

Stop and Frisk

NYPD Commanding Officer Caught on Tape Ordering Cops to Stop and Frisk Young “Male Blacks”

Stop and Frisk Trial Turns to Claim of Arrest Quotas

Public Defense and Racial Inequality 

On ‘Gideon’s’ 50th, a Crisis in Public Defense Deepens Racial Inequality

We are looking for Volunteers for the Conference

Registration is well under way and we are so excited for all those who will be in attendance at Beyond the Bars.  That said, bringing the conference together takes a lot of work and we are looking for volunteers to help out in a number of different ways on both Friday evening and Saturday during the day.  If you are interested in volunteering please email Carley Martin @

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We at CJC are so excited that registration is open and that Beyond the Bars is quickly approaching.  Please see our conference 2013 section for more details and register by clicking the link below.

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Registration is Coming Soon

We are currently putting registration for the conference together and hope to have it up and ready to go at the start of next week.  In the meantime below are a few brief details about the conference.


Beyond the Bars: Moving Forward is the third annual interdisciplinary criminal justice conference brought to you by The Criminal Justice Caucus and The Criminal Justice Initiative at Columbia University School of Social Work in collaboration with students, faculty and community members from across New York City.

The goal of the Beyond the Bars is to bring together current efforts and new ideas working towards ending Mass Incarceration and its consequences, and to go beyond awareness and focus on moving efforts forward.

The conference kicks off Friday night with featured speakers Angela Davis, Marc Lamont Hill and Soffiyah Elijah with special guest performers through out the night.

Saturday the conference continues with panels and workshops beginning at 10am (doors at 9am) and continuing through out the day until 5:30pm.

Friday night’s Kick Off will be held at Lerner Hall at Columbia University

2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Saturday’s Panels and Workshops will be held at Columbia University School of Social Work

1255 Amsterdam Avenue

New York, NY 10027

If you have any questions or would like more information about the conference please email the organizers at: