Circles for People in Prison & Re-Entry

Through the generosity of the American Arbitration Association, we are conducting restorative circles for people in prison and re-entry, with a focus on harm repair. Because we understand the role systemic racism plays in mass-incarceration –from profiling, the criminalization of poverty, and the school-to-prison pipeline– we understand those harmed often include incarcerated people. One set of re-entry circles is being done in partnership with MADE Transitional Services, for men in Rockland County; the second set of re-entry circles is in partnership with Hour Children, for women coming out of Taconic Women’s Correctional Facility. We expect to begin online restorative circles with women incarcerated at Taconic Women’s Correctional Facility before the end of the year, and we are slated to do work at Bedford Women’s Correctional Facility once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.