College Behind Bars: A Panel Discussion


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Mon, 02/28/2022 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm
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Please join us on Monday, February 28th at 6:30 pm for Prison Pipeline on KBOO Community Radio for a discussion with panelists and organizers of a film screening and panel discussion on the issue of higher education accessibility at state facilities for incarcerated persons.  

Freed Minds PSU Student group along with the Higher Education in Prison PSU Program, and support from ASPSU Associated Students, ASPSU Legislative Affairs Committee, and the Office of Global Diversity and Inclusion are excited to present a Panel Discussion with special guests: Oregon State Senator Michael Dembrow, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt, Tracie Hightower, Director of Education & Training, Oregon DOJ, Dyjuan Tatro, BPI Alumnus, Rodney Spivey-Jones, BPI Alumnus, and Lanelle Routo, HEP Student.  This panel discussion will be at Smith Memorial Student Union at PSU on Thursday, March 3rd at 5pm in the Ballroon

COLLEGE BEHIND BARS is an Emmy nominated, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick PBS documentary which tells the story of a small group of incarcerated men and women struggling to earn college degrees and turn their lives around in one of the most rigorous and effective prison education programs in the United States – the Bard Prison Initiative.

Shot over four years in maximum and medium security prisons in New York State, the film takes viewers on a stark and intimate journey into one of the most pressing issues of our time – our failure to provide meaningful rehabilitation for the over two million Americans living behind bars. Through the lived experiences of the students and their families, this is a groundbreaking story of incarceration, injustice, race in America, and the transformative power of education. It raises questions we urgently need to address: What is prison for? Who has access to educational opportunities? Who among us is capable of academic excellence? How can we have justice without redemption?

Prison Pipeline is a radio program dedicated to educating the public about the Oregon criminal justice system. Our goal is to present a unique understanding of the criminal justice system, address the root causes of crime, and challenge the status quo. We seek to promote awareness and activism in order to foster a safe, healthy, and just society. Tune in every Monday at 6:30 P.M. to hear our hosts Karen James, Adam Carpinelli, Amy Johnson, Emma Lugo, Doug McVay, and Isabelle Sinclar explore the Oregon justice system with a variety of guests.

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