Past Speakers

Maya Schenwar, December 2014Maya Schenwar, December 2014
Maya Schenwar, editor in chief of and author of recent book "Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better."

On Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, Maya Schenwar gave a talk at Ithaca College, based on her recent book, Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better.

Michelle Alexander, author of the acclaimed book The New Jim Crow, called Schenwar's book “highly persuasive and difficult to put down. I turned the last page feeling nothing less than inspired.”

Using true stories of families—including her own—whose loved ones are incarcerated, Schenwar argued compellingly that our broken punishment system needs a major overhaul. She offered examples of effective alternatives to incarceration that are being implemented in cities nationwide.

Schenwar also discussed her work as editor of one of the nation’s most influential independent media outlets,, which accepts no advertising or corporate backing.


Press release announcing Schenwar's visit.

Interview with Yane Ahn in the Ithacan.

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