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Community Engagement & Service

Life Behind Bars: A Look Into Modern Day Servitude, Legal Biases and the Criminal 'Justice' System

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The Program:

The program will focus on the flaws of the criminal justice system, and how it directly influences people of color, specifically Black folks of all identities.We will determine what role institutional racism plays in prisons systemically as well as explore organizations that try to alleviate the side effects of falling victim to the system or having a loved one in prison. 1 in 3 Black men will go to jail in their lifetime, not because of poor choices, but structures that are put in place for their down fall in the United States. We will investigate how legal biases and the war on drugs have led to the overpopulation of black and brown bodies in prison; how prison conditions and modern day servitude affect those serving time on the inside and what the black lives matter movement role has been throughout this process. 

Engagement Itinerary:

Day 1:  Travel to San Francisco 

Day 2:  African Diaspora Museum & Delancey Street Foundation 

Day 3: San Francisco Sheriff's Department

Day 4: Ella Baker Human Rights & Prisoner Reentry Network 

Day 5:  Alcatraz Island 

Day 6:  California Coalition for Women Prisoners

Day 7:  National Lawyers Guild 

Day 8: Travel to DC


Quick Facts

Destination: San Francisco, California 

Dates: Spring Break 

Cost: $1400

Cost includes: Airfare, lodging, meals, guides, ground transportation, admission fees, administrative fees, travel insurance

Cost does not include: immunizations

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Meet Your Student Leaders!

Teanna Willis is Junior and CLEG major, who enjoys making YouTube videos. She always tries and combine her passions and push herself to new limits.Teanna is constantly learning everyday, and enjoys it even more when she can learn in groups and hear other perspectives. 

“I am excited to lead my alternative break to help facilitate and pick the brains of many students that will bring diverse opinions on the prison industrial complex.”

Jenna Cadwell is a Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Jennais a Junior majoring in International Relations and minoring in Communications. Combining these fields of study, she hopes to enter the field of journalism, providing a different perspective on global issues and cultural happenings. Check out some of her work published by American Word Magazine and The Blackprint

"I'm excited for our alternative break because criminal justice has become romanized, dramatized and reduced to entertainment purposes, blinding us from the real life changes that we can create. "