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Breaking Down Walls: Mass Incarceration Meets the Academy

Goldring Reentry Initiative (GRI)

Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

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The Goldring Reentry Initiative (GRI) is pleased to welcome you to our second annual criminal justice event, Breaking Down Walls: Mass Incarceration Meets the Academy, on Saturday, March 29th, 2014 at the Penn Museum.  This free day-long event aims to foster dialogue and galvanize change by uniting community members, academics, advocates, service providers, and people impacted by the criminal justice system in discussion and resource sharing. 


Dr. Cornel West will deliver the keynote address and Dr. Heather Ann Thompson will provide the opening remarks. 


Breaking Down Walls will include presentations focusing on the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program and the Goucher Prison Education Partnership; risk level and recidivism prediction within Philadelphia’s probation and parole department; and the use of technology to improve reentry services in Philadelphia.  Each presentation will incorporate the personal narratives of people who were previously incarcerated in an effort to inform and humanize the research. 


A panel discussion will examine the relationship between research and practice as it relates to social service agencies, religious organizations, activist groups, city government, and the Philadelphia Prison System.  Pam Superville, of the Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services, will moderate the panel, which will feature Everett Gillison, Chief of Staff to the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Public Safety of Philadelphia; Reginald Hammond, Deputy Commissioner for Restorative and Transitional Services for the Philadelphia Prison System; Rev. Dr. A’Shellarien Lang, Co-Director of the Philadelphia Chapter and National Director of Training for Healing Communities; and Hannah Zellman, Director of Philadelphia FIGHT’s Institute for Community Justice. 


Breaking Down Walls will also include a resource fair of local advocacy and service provider organizations from 8:30am to 9am and during the lunch break (noon to 1:15pm).  Photographs from Richard Ross’s Juvenile In Justice exhibit will be displayed at the resource fair.  The Youth Art & Self-Empowment Project (YASP) will also screen their new short film, Stolen Dreams II: Breaking the Cycle of Youth Trauma, Violence, & Incarceration, during the lunch break.  


Pennsylvania Licensed Social Workers will receive 6 free CEUs for attending the entire conference.  If you are a Pennsylvania Licensed Social Worker and would like to receive 6 free CEUs, please e-mail the GRI stating your full name and specifying that you want CEUs.  The GRI’s e-mail address is:

Other Speakers Include:
Anthony Dickerson
Michael DonPailin
Dr. Beverly Frazier
Jondhi Harrell
Dr. Jordan Hyatt
Marlen Kokaz
Jonathan McIntyre
Lori Pompa
Barbara Sherr Roswell
Ann Schwartzman
Vaughn Taylor
Tyrone Werts


Getting to the Penn Museum:
Please note that parking options are expensive and limited.  For directions and information on parking, please see the Penn Museum website: 

For people who do not need a handicap accessible entrance, please enter through the Penn Museum's Kamin Entrance.  The Kamin Entrance is on South Street, just east of 33rd Street.  

Breaking Down Walls is currently booked to capacity!  You do not need to print your tickets, but please come prepared to sign in upon arrival.  Sign in will take place in the Harrison Auditorium lobby from 8:15 am to 9:00 am.  We are thrilled to have had such a phenomenal response to this event; however, due to space limitations, if you do not sign in by 9:00 am we are not able to guarantee you a seat at the event.

Food Options:
Lunch will not be provided.  The Penn Museum has a café, and there are several food vendors within a few blocks.  A map of nearby lunch options will be provided.  Tables will be set up in the Kintner Galleries for audience members to eat lunch from the café or elsewhere.

There are two handicap accessible entrances, but the 33rd
Street entrance is easiest for entrance to the Harrison Auditorium.  For more information on accessibility, see the Penn Museum’s website  Please feel free to e-mail the GRI with specific questions/requests, as the layout of the Museum can make access a bit challenging.    

Have questions about Breaking Down Walls: Mass Incarceration Meets the Academy? Contact Goldring Reentry Initiative (GRI)

When & Where

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
3260 South St
Harrison Auditorium
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

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Goldring Reentry Initiative (GRI)

The Goldring Reentry Initiative (GRI) is based out of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice.  The GRI assists people transitioning out of the Philadelphia Prison System through support and referrals from Master of Social Work students as students are trained to work in the fields of criminal justice and reentry.  

See the GRI's website for more information:

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