Toledoans for Prison Awareness

Toledoans for Prison Awareness is a coalition of groups and individuals united by a common goal: to bring the human and institutional crisis of the prisons out of the shadows and into the foreground of policy debate, public awareness, and community ministry.

What we do: TPA facilitates initiatives pursued by coalition participants to build a concerned constituency and to promote co-sponsored events.

Before there can be reform, there has to be awareness. And awareness requires education.

University of Toledo Department of Law and Social Thought
& Toledoans for Prison Awareness Present

2nd Annual Prison Awareness Week
University of Toledo, April 14-18, 2014

Education for prisoners, educating our public:
Fostering awareness, safety and equality for all

Monday, April 14th
Student Union info table, 10:30-2:30 (Table C, next to elevator near dining halls)

  • Afternoon event: 3-4:30—Student Union 2584
    Panel with ACLU Communications and Public Policy Director Mike Brickner and Policy Director Shakyra Diaz on current legal issues related to mass incarceration.
    Moderator: Alexandra Scarborough, Law and Social Thought graduate instructor and volunteer prison arts facilitator.
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  • Evening event: 7:30p-9p—Field House 2100
    The Great Incarcerator Part 1: Dark Little Secret
    Online Q&A with director Derrick Jones, immediately afterward.
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Tuesday, April 15th
Student Union info table, 10:30-2:30 (Table E, food court west table)

  • Afternoon event: 3-4:30—Student Union 2584
    The state of education panel with Inside/Out coordinator and instructor Dr. Renee Heberle (Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration), I/O instructor Dr. Elliot Adams (Lecturer, Department of English Language and Literature), and former I/O students.
    Moderator: Alexandra Scarborough, Law and Social Thought graduate instructor and volunteer prison arts facilitator.
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  • Evening event: 7:30p-9p—Field House 2100
    Screening of The Great Incarcerator part 2: The Shadow of Lucasville
    Conference call with Lucasville survivor Siddique Abdullah Hasan immediately following.
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Wednesday, April 16th
Student Union info table, 10:30-2:30 (Table C, next to elevator near dining halls)

  • Afternoon event: 5-6:30—Student Union 3018
    L.E.A.P. (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) representative Capt. Howard Rahtz speaks on the Drug War and its effect on mass incarceration. Moderator: Joe Moran, former probation officer and professor of Criminology at Lourdes University.
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  • Evening event: 7:30-9:30 pm—Field House 2100
    Screening of The House I Live In
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Thursday, April 17th
Student Union info table, 10:30-2:30 (Table C, next to elevator near dining halls)

  • Afternoon event: 2-3:30 pm—Student Union
    Panel with Co-Reentry Coordinator Tom McCarter of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and Chair of Northwest Ohio Re-Entry Coalition Dave Kontur on reentry issues.
    Moderator: Dr. Lynn Bachelor, Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration.
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  • Evening event: 7-8:30 pm—McQuade Law Auditorium
    Keynote speaker Dr. Paul Leighton, Dept of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology at Eastern Michigan University, and author of The Rich Get Richer, The Poor Get Prison and co-author of Punishment for Sale: Private Prisons, Big Business and the Incarceration Binge.
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Friday, April 18th
Student Union info table, 10:30-2:30 (Table C, next to elevator near dining halls)

  • Day event: Mini conference, 11 am-3pm—Student Union 2584
    Voices from the Inside

    • 11-11:15 am: Opening comments

    • 11:15-11:45 am: The Importance of Education within the Criminal Justice System— Aaron Thomas Kinzel, MPA / Academic Instructor; Doctorate of Education Student; and Former Prisoner/Parolee

    • 11:45-12:15: Breaking the Pipeline—Jordan Brett, BBA, MPA, Doctorate of Education Student; Executive Director, Postsecondary Alliance for Student Success (P.A.S.S.)

    • 12:15-1 pm: Lunch

    • 1-1:45 pm: The Rehabilitative Benefits of Arts Behind Bars—Panel discussion with Alexandra Scarborough, volunteer arts facilitator, Vanessa Mayesky, Linkage Coordinator, Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP), and Emily Numbers, UT student

    • 1:45-2:30 pm: Restorative Justice: The Future of Writing Wrongs?—Panel discussion with Dr. Renee Heberle, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, and Jim Prager, formerly incarcerated individual and community activist

    • 2:30-300 pm: Restorative Justice as Community Endeavor—Ashley Lucas, Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) director and co-facilitator of The Atonement Project

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Daily: Showing of inmate art and writings at info table and all events

Afternoon events will be live streamed at: knowledgestream.org

For more information email: Alexandra Scarborough, ascarborough1@gmail.com

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Ongoing Initiatives

For more information visit the initiative page

 Prison: The invisible Institution

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