Feb 22, 2013

From the Court to the Campus

On Wednesday, February 20th, Christopher Watler, the Justice Center's Project Director, and Reverend Darren Ferguson from the Interfaith Center of New York  traveled to Princeton University to restorative justice and the role of the faith community in prisoner reentry. The forum was organized by several Princeton student groups and centers: the Religious Life Council, Pace Center for Civic Engagement, Prison Teaching Initiative, Petey Green Prison Assistance Program, and Student Prison Reform Club.

Mr. Watler discussed the overall state of reentry in New York and described the reentry program at the Justice Center; including the Harlem Parole Reentry Court and the new family reentry program. Rev. Ferguson gave a passionate and poignant  presentation about his life and work addressing the issue of mass incarceration. His new self-published work: How I Became an Angry Black Man: From Prison to Pulpit  chronicles his personal journey. He currently leads an outreach effort for the Interfaith Center of New York in partnership with the Harlem Community Justice Center that recruits local Harlem congregations to serve as places of welcome for the formerly incarcerated and their families.

Princeton Students Discussing the Presentation

Rev. Ferguson with Matt Weiner Associate Dean of the Office of Religious Life

Chris Watler and Associate Dean Weiner