The United States has the highest documented rate of incarceration in the world, a rate that has increased by 500 percent in the past 40 years. In response to this crisis, Bennington College launched the Incarceration in America initiative. This growing initiative includes curriculum, visiting speakers, theatrical events, think tanks, and retreats to develop public policy and political action in the post-tough-on-crime era. See past events.

This spring, Bennington continues this initiative.

Spring 2015 Conference

  • Title | Effecting Change
  • Dates | May 15–16, 2015
  • Location | Bennington College, CAPA Symposium
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On May 15–16, Bennington will hold the second conference in its Incarceration in America series: Effecting Change. Taking place at the College’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action, the conference will include panelists who will discuss recent innovative and effective programs that contribute to the reform of America’s flawed incarceration and criminal justice system. In an effort to engage student communities in issues of incarceration across the nation, Effecting Change also aims to draw student leaders and newspaper editors from universities and colleges in the Northeast. Read the press release.


Friday, May 15, 2015

  • Public Health/Mental Health | 2:00 pm
  • Collateral Consequences | 4:00 pm

Saturday, May 16, 2015

  • Public Defense/Prisoners' Rights | 10:30 am
  • Public Action and Messaging | 1:30 pm

Full List of Panelists

CAPA: incarceration in america (2015 bios)

  • Richard Cassidy

  • Thomas J. Donovan

  • Emily Galvin

  • Peter Goldberg

  • Mark Hale

  • Ann-Marie Louison

  • Margaret Love

  • Glenn Martin

  • Jud McMillin

  • Karen Murtagh

  • Matt Nelson

  • Vivian Nixon

  • Joanne Page

  • Cheryl Roberts

  • Cara Smith

  • Suzi Wizowaty

  • Rita Zimmer