Lessons from the Challenging Punishment Conference

Photo Courtesy of Claudie Mabry

Photo Courtesy of Claudie Mabry

On October 5th, Progressive Pupil had the opportunity to attend the Challenging Punishment: Race, the People’s Health and the War on Drugs conference, sponsored by the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University and held at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. Scholars and advocates from around the country were invited to participate in the discussion. Topics ranged from public health, to the anatomy of the War on Drugs, to building and fortifying communities and families, to the arts and cultural production confronting mass incarceration. The conference also gathered individuals from a wide array of disciplines, including non-profit management, sociology, anthropology and the humanities. Progressive Pupil left the conference with some strong takeaways and crucial background information:

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