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 are also slated to do restorative circles with women incarcerated at Bedford Hills and Taconic facilities, but are waiting for Covid-19 restrictions to be lifted to begin.