Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 50.83
Liaison Hannah Spirrison
Submission Date March 29, 2018
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Antioch College
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Hannah Spirrison
Director of Innovation and Institutional Effectiveness
Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Prison Justice Initiatives

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Antioch College has several Prison Justice Initiatives that reflect an innovative approach of incorporating both environmental and social justice. The College’s Prison Justice Independent Group aims to facilitate dialogue and increase consciousness about critical incarceration issues. As part of this, the group coordinates a Books to Prisoners project that recycles used books for a social justice purpose. The program works this way: incarcerated individuals send the group letters requesting certain books, and the group fulfills their requests with donations on-hand. The books are theirs to keep. The program provides resources to prisoners while also diverting unused books from landfills.

In addition, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology Emily Steinmetz’s Inside-Out course brings together college students and incarcerated people to engage and learn as peers. It was first offered at Antioch College in Spring 2015, meeting on-site at Dayton Correctional Institution (DCI) and comprised half of Antioch students (outside students) and half of incarcerated women (inside students). Building on this course, a student spearheaded starting a vegetable garden at DCI as a senior project in Spring 2016; the garden incorporates both environmental and social justice by providing a space for women serving life sentences to heal while growing their own produce.

Antioch College is also hosting a national exhibition called States of Incarceration at the Herndon Gallery in March 29-June 2. Antioch students contributed to this national exhibition, developing content about life sentences during a Fall 2017 class called “Critical Prison Studies.” The students’ research, as well as work done in partnership with women serving life sentences in Dayton, Ohio, has been incorporated into the physical and online exhibitions. While the exhibit is on campus, we will be coordinating public dialogues about critical incarceration issues, such as parole; aging, dying, health care, and hospice in prisons; and restorative justice as an alternative to imprisonment.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Public Engagement

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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