Criminal Justice

Earlham students explore criminal justice issues over spring break in Michigan

While many students chose to party or sleep over spring break, a group from Earlham College travelled to Ann Arbor, Michigan to learn about the criminal justice system and AFSC’s ongoing work to promote restorative and healing alternatives. AFSC staff Natalie Holbrook, Pete Martel and Ron Simpson-Bey led the break; Erin Polley assisted with advance organizing.

The students had a packed week, touring and learning, talking and debating, challenging and growing. They had a lot to say about their experiences and the value of relationships over punishment.

Ron Simpson interview

Ron Simpson is a Lifer Intern with AFSC Michigan's Criminal Justice Program. In this interview, Ron shares why he does this work.

Social Justice Spring Break

Monday, March 17, 2014 - 9:00am - Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 5:00pm

With AFSC's Michigan Criminal Justice Program

Spend your spring break in Ann Arbor, Michigan learning about the criminal justice system and organizing from the AFSC staff and community.

See this flyer for event and application details. Application deadline is February 14, 2014.

Racial violence and the California hunger strike: A perspective from the inside

Editor's note: The California prisoners suspended the hunger strike on Sept. 5, 2013. Please visit http://afsc.org/program/bay-area-healing-justice for the latest information.

Introduction to AFSC's criminal justice work in Michigan

Responding to thousands of requests each year for information and assistance, tracking trends in the prison system, conducting parole readiness workshops -- AFSC Michigan's Criminal Justice Program advocates for prisoners with the help of dedicated interns. In this video, Natalie Holbrook, Program Director, provides an overview of the program.

Parole readiness workshops in Michigan

Pete Martel, AFSC Michigan Criminal Justice Program Associate, talks about the parole readiness workshops which he and Natalie Holbrook, AFSC Program Director, conduct with prisoners in Michigan.

Interns advocate for prisoners in Michigan

Interns with AFSC Michigan's Criminal Justice Program describe their experiences advocating on behalf of prisoners in Michigan and share what they've learned about the prison system and themselves.

The Caging of America

This is an interesting article on the Caging of America that we recommend:

 

New York Times Article

A Critic at Large
The Caging of America
Why do we lock up so many people?
by Adam Gopnic

January 30, 2012

http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/atlarge/2012/01/30/120130crat_atlarge_gopnik?currentPage=all

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