On July 29, 2020, the Residential College offered an online Zoom teach-in Restorative Justice in Practice & Interrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline for 130 U-M students, faculty, staff, and members of the public. The panel featured:
- Amy Navvab, a restorative justice educator, facilitator, and trainer, has worked in the Chicago and Denver Public Schools as well as in the criminal justice system in Boulder, CO.
- Daniel Jones, the Project Coordinator for the Michigan Collaborative to End Mass Incarceration (MI-CEMI), and a consultant for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Michigan Criminal Justice Program.
- Becca Pickus, a lecturer in the RC Social Theory and Practice Program, where she teaches classes at the intersection of mass incarceration; racial and restorative justice; and trauma-responsive practices.
You can view the recording of the event here:
This Teach-In was the second in a four-part Speaker Series offered in collaboration with RC Lecturer Becca Pickus’s summer Decarceration Activism class, “Restorative Justice, Prison Reform, Abolition: From Theory to Practice", RCSSCI 360.202.
The four panels from the series are:
- Ending Perpetual Punishment: Reinstating "Good Time" and the Case for Commutations (7/22)
- Restorative Justice in Practice & Interrupting the School-To-Prison Pipeline (7/29, the subject of this news story)
- Arts-Based Programming in and Beyond Carceral Settings (8/5)
- Re-entry Programming By and For Formerly Incarcerated Folks (8/12)
You can read about the panelists; register for these events; and/or request recordings of past events here.
The teach-in organizers share these resources based on interest from participants:
Classes for U of M students to learn with and from incarcerated students and artists, inside carceral settings
The 7/29 teach-in is offered as a response to requests for more information about Restorative Justice from participants at the RC teach-in on protesting police brutality that was held in early June 2020. You can access the video to that event here.