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Organization Reintegrates Gang Members into Society Using Mentors

Posted on · This week (March 30-April 1, 2017), the Rothko Chapel is hosting a symposium on issues related to criminal justice. The event is called An Act of Justice: Undoing the Legacy of Mass Incarceration and focuses on the harmful effects of mass incarceration on individuals, families, communities and the nation. There will be workshops, panels and […]

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After the Bid: Documentary Series Focuses on Life After Prison

Posted on · Edrick Browne is a local actor who, in his spare time, takes on projects that give back to the community. And that’s how he found himself teaching a theater class at the Carol Vance Prison in Richmond, Texas. He taught inmates about running equipment on a TV shoot, and they in turn documented their experiences […]

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Convict Cowboys: The Untold History of the Texas Prison Rodeo

Posted on · In 1931, officials at the Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville started a rodeo for inmates. Intended simply as entertainment for prisoners and employees, it eventually grew to become the largest sporting event in the state of Texas, drawing crowds as large as a hundred thousand in some years. A new book called Convict Cowboys: The […]

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When it Comes to Criminals, What is Society Willing to Forgive?

Posted on · When it comes to crime, what is our society willing — and not willing — to forgive and what does it mean for folks (like ex-convicts) who seek that forgiveness after paying their debts? We explore the concept of forgiveness with Tamler Sommers, an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of […]