Keynote Banner

Justice Education Week 2021


Justice Education Week is a mostly virtual week-long event which runs April 19-24. The hope is to bring awareness to the crisis of incarceration, its human impact, and build support for transformative educational movements in carceral settings and beyond

Monday: The week kicks off  with our keynote by Dr. Angela Davis in a talk titled, “Education Justice: Incarceration, Carceral Education & Abolitionist Pedagogy.” 

Tuesday:  Events will focus on support for incarcerated and justice-impacted students, including the screening of College Behind Bars followed by a panel discussion. 

Wednesday: Will highlight reentry support in our local community for those recently released from jails and prisons. 

Thursday: Events will pivot to prison reform and abolitionist movements. 

Friday: The focal points include barriers to reentry, including a reentry simulation where participants are in the shoes of formerly incarcerated individuals reintegrating.

Saturday & Sunday: The week concludes with a focus on restorative justice by hosting a training on restorative circles. 


Angela Davis Keynote

4/19 at 6-7PM

Talk will explore carcerality, its history, and relationship to systemic oppression...



Click Here

Unlocking Higher Education for Justice-Involved Students

4/20 at 1PM

Talk presents recommendations student affairs professionals should consider in working with justice-involved college students...


Click Here

College Behind Bars Panel:

The Transformative Powers of Higher Education in Prison

4/20 6:00PM-7:30PM

The Student Restorative Justice Initiative (sRJI) will screen the Ken Burns Documentary College Behind Bars followed by a panel discussion. 

Click Here

Centre County Expungement Clinic

4/21 2PM-5PM

Webinar to provide information and assistance to Centre County residents who are interested in sealing their criminal records...


Click Here

Abolitionism is More than a Metaphor

4/22 6PM-7PM

This workshop will focus on Angela Davis' work on prison abolition and what it entails...

Click Here

Social Disciplining and the Disorientations of Reentry

4/23 3PM

Discusses the disorientations of reentry for all parties involved...

Click Here

Reentry Simulation

4/23 3:30PM

This interactive session will ask participants to assume identities of individuals reentering and simulate the first month of release...

Click Here

Restorative Circles Training

4/24 -25 11AM-3PM

Training on restorative circles using a harm-reduction model...


Click Here

How to Start and Run a Justice-impacted Student Organization 4/20 3PM-4:30PM The webinar, which originally aired on November 13, 2020, gives Penn State justice-impacted students an overview of what a Justice-Impacted Student Organization (JISO) is, as well as how to start and run one.

Click Here

Community Events Here is where you can find out about the events for Justice Education Week held by the community.

Click Here

Want To Make A Donation To The Restorative Justice Initiative?

Click Here

A Note on Community Events 

The events for Justice Education Week include talks from academics, Penn State student organizations, students outside of Penn State, and Centre County, PA community organizations. RJI is excited to provide a forum for those who live and work in Centre County to share the work that they do. While we support these community events, RJI does not explicitly endorse the opinions expressed in any of these talks. Click here for a list of community events. (External to Penn State)