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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.

AFSC launches restorative justice project in Michigan

Ron Simpson and Pete Martel, AFSC Michigan

Ron Simpson and Pete Martel, AFSC Michigan

Ron Simpson, left, and Pete Martel work with AFSC Michigan's Criminal Justice Program.

The Lifer Intern Project of AFSC in Michigan is embarking on an ambitious, long-term project in which restorative justice practices and principles are applied through various programs to offenders serving life sentences and long-indeterminate-sentences (LIDs) in Michigan prisons. The purpose of restorative justice in prisons is to assist with the offender's rehabilitation and eventual reintegration into society.

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.

Why care about people in prison?

Interns with AFSC's Criminal Justice Program in Michigan share their thoughts about prisons and why we should care about the people within them.

Recap: Profiteering on prisons [Google Hangout]

No matter how private companies profit on prisons, privatizing incarceration puts the pursuit of profits over the needs of taxpayers, prisoners, and prison employees. 

Taking compassion behind the walls

A pastor friend once said, “There is no love in prison.”

When you see the tall fences topped with razor wire, the guard towers and the dour faces of many who work behind the walls, it’s easy to feel that way. There’s an oppressive air to prison. Punishment, like humidity, takes the heat and makes it unbearable.

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