Marsha Weissman, founder and executive director of the Center for Community Alternatives (CCA), will lead a discussion on her efforts to reform school disciplinary and prison policies on March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Vandervort Room of Scandling Campus Center. Assistant Professors of Anthropology and Sociology James Sutton and Kendra Freeman are co-hosting the discussion.
For more than 30 years, CCA has worked to end mass incarceration through alternative-to-incarceration programs for youth and adults as well as advocacy to educate the public and policymakers regarding needs for a more effective juvenile and criminal justice system. CCA programs provide court services, health and HIV/AIDS services and education, drug treatment, and prisoner reentry services. CCA has headquarters in Syracuse and New York City.
During the discussion, Weissman will provide insight into the research and policy making processes that drive CCA’s work. There will also be a question-and-answer portion of the dialogue. Weissman will also meet with students in Sutton’s juvenile delinquency class 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.