Marsha Weissman, founder and executive director of the Center for Community Alternatives, will lead a discussion on her efforts to reform school disciplinary and prison policies on Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m. in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center. Assistant Professors of Anthropology and Sociology Jim Sutton and Kendra Freeman are hosting the discussion that is open to the public.
For more than 30 years, the Center for Community Alternatives has worked to end mass incarceration through alternative-to-incarceration programs for youth and adults. The Center also conducts research and offers policy advocacy to educate the public and policy makers on a more effective juvenile and criminal justice system. Their programs provide court assistance, health services, drug treatment and prisoner reentry services. The Center has headquarters in Syracuse and New York City.
In her lecture, Weissman will offer insight into the research and policy making processes that drive the Center’s work, and answer questions. Earlier in the day, she will speak to students in Sutton’s class on juvenile delinquency and Freeman’s “Introduction to Sociology” course.
Weissman earned her Ph.D. from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and is the author of “Prelude to Prison” (Syracuse Press, 2014), which addresses the school to prison pipeline, and growing surveillance and securitization within public schools. She has been a leader in promoting alternatives to incarceration in New York State and has advocated for higher education in prison.