Justice and Equity

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Columbia's GCA gives $25K to Local Groups Addressing Urgent Food Insecurity Challenges

Learn who received grants from Columbia University's Office of Government and Community Affairs.


How missed appointments or curfews can lead to COVID-19

The Justice Lab's Vincent Schiraldi argues being put in prison right now could lead to contracting coronavirus and that we should stop locking up people for missed parole appointments.

City & State
May 19, 2020

Riots, escapes and pepper spray: Virus hits juvenile centers

Justice Lab's Vincent Schiraldi talks about how he hopes that juvenile detention centers will adapt during this coronavirus crisis to make them safer for the residents.

The Washington Post
May 2, 2020

A Gloomy Prediction on How Much Poverty Could Rise

Researchers from the Center on Poverty and Social Policy suggest the poverty rate may reach the highest levels in half a century, hitting African-Americans and children hardest.

The New York Times
April 16, 2020

News and Research

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Low-Income Families with Children Need Cash During this Epidemic

The Center on Poverty and Social Policy conducted research showing that the economic consequences of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are likely to be particularly severe for low-income households.


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Dance pioneer Arthur Mitchell; courtesy Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Arts as Central to African American and African Diaspora Studies

A recent grant from the Mellon Foundation to the African American and African Diaspora Studies department will support new arts-based programming.


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Social Impact Live: Decarceration

In this episode of the School of Social Work's Social Impact LIVE, host Richard Hara sits down with sits down with Cameron Rasmussen, of Columbia’s Center for Justice, along with two representatives from the Release Aging People in Prison Campaign, Mark Shervington and Melissa Tanis, to discuss the issue of decarceration during the COIVD-19 crisis.



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EXiT: Executives Transforming Probation & Parole

Executives Transforming Probation and Parole (EXiT) unites current and former community supervision executives to build a national movement to transform probation and parole. EXiT is supported by the Columbia University Justice Lab.