Think Tank on Continuing Education in Prisons
One of every seven people in prison in the United States—a total of more than two hundred thousand people—is currently serving a life prison term, more than the entire prison population in 1972, before the advent of mass incarceration. —The Meaning of Life, Marc Mauer and Ashley Nellis
For prisoners of color, this number is one in five. These figures include those serving life without the possibility of parole, and “virtual” lifers, as defined by a sentence of fifty years or more.
This think tank at Bennington College will include leading prison educators, formerly incarcerated people who benefited from education in prison, representatives of the Department of Corrections, criminal justice scholars and reformers, and others who are interested in discussing continuing education programs for lifers with a view to replicating, expanding, and building upon it. These experts will discuss how to measure outcomes, the benefits to individuals, to the institutions concerned, and the different models of how to deliver this education.
Marc Mauer, senior advisor and former executive director of The Sentencing Project, is one of the country’s leading experts on sentencing policy, race, and the criminal justice system. Mr. Mauer’s most recent book, co-authored with Ashley Nellis,Ph.D. is The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Friday, Oct 1
- 7:00-7:45 pm – Keynote Address: Marc Mauer
- 7:45-8:30 pm – Keynote Reception
Saturday, Oct 2
- 10:00-11:30 am – Session One
- 11:30 am-1:00 pm – Lunch
- 1:00-2:30 pm – Session Two
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
These events are available to attend in person in the CAPA Symposium, or on Zoom.
PLEASE NOTE: If you would like to attend in person, please review the College's protocols and procedures related to COVID here. You will also be required to fill out this form verifying your vaccination status.
If you will attend on Zoom, we will email you a link to join in the week prior to the convening.