Justice and Equity

Uncovering the Underreported and Ignored

Students are using Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library to create new scholarship in African American and African Diaspora Studies.


Why close Rikers? An insider’s view

The Justice Lab's Vincent Schiraldi writes on the importance of closing Riker's and the need for serious reform in the criminal justice system.

Daily News
October 9, 2019

Cory Booker Wants to Talk About Child Poverty

Corey Booker's campaign is using research from the Center on Poverty and Social Policy to inform his proposals on ending childhood poverty.

New York Times
October 3, 2019

Poverty in America has long-lasting, destructive consequences on children

Jane Waldfogel, professor at Columbia School of Social Work, discusses the impact of a universal child credit

The Economist
September 26, 2019

News and Research

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From the Inside Out: The Power of Language to Incarcerate

The Center for Justice recently held a conference about how language can be used to reinforce stereotypes and biases against people in the criminal justice system.

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The Path Forward

This new print and digital publication from Columbia Law School addresses criminal justice reform.

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Fall Events Consider a Grim Anniversary

As part of a full roster of school-wide events this fall, six lectures and discussions will focus on issues related to the 400th anniversary of enslaved Africans arriving in Jamestown, Virginia.


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Courtney Cogburn and Desmond Patton on Social Work, Media & Technology

School of Social Work's Courtney Cogburn and Desmond Patton discuss why social workers need to be at the table when planning applications of new media & technology.

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ReEntry Acceleration Program

The Tamer Center's initiative ReEntry Acceleration Program helps formerly incarcerated individuals re-enter the workforce.