RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington State University Tri‑Cities will host several presentations on potential solutions for the school-to-prison pipeline, as well as barriers for individuals’ successful reentry into society from prison, as part of its latest “Community Classroom” series that begins this month.
Presenters will provide perspectives and strategies for how communities can proactively change statistics and create pathways for successful rehabilitation. Attendees will be invited to explore the current state of affairs in the regional Tri‑Cities area and investigate opportunities for stronger partnerships for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated members, locally.
“This series provides a great opportunity for individuals to examine issues that pertain to incarcerated people and youth that are at greater risk for entering prison,” said Anna Plemons, WSU Tri‑Cities assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs. “Attendees will hear from and have the opportunity to converse with formerly incarcerated people, researchers, counselors and more.”
An inside look at Washington state prison rehabilitative programs and the role of community advocacy in program success
4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21
Join this panel discussion on the affordances of rehabilitative programs for incarcerated people. Each panelist will present on programs they oversaw or currently work with, as well as the role of the community in advocating for and providing resources and opportunities within local and state facilities.
- Stephen Sinclair – Secretary of the Washington State Department of Corrections
- Robert Jackson – Superintendent of the Washington State Penitentiary
- Carol Hinds – Family advocate
The presentations are free and open to the public. They will be presented online via Zoom.