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Be The Evidence Project to Host Town Hall Speaker Series

Contact: Joanna Klimaski
(212) 636-7175
jklimaski@fordham.edu


Last year, Fordham’s Be the Evidence Project uncovered a crisis: the American prison populating is aging and the correctional system is unprepared to function as a long-term health care facility.

This year, the Be the Evidence Project is amplifying its efforts to spread the word.

The Graduate School of Social Service (GSS) Be the Evidence Project will host a town hall event to update participants on the problem of aging prisoners. Jamie Fellner, senior advisor from Human Rights Watch and author of the report “Old Behind Bars: The Aging Prison Population in the United States,” will present her research on medical parole and compassionate release laws in America.

Wednesday, Oct. 10
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
McNally Amphitheatre, Lincoln Center Campus
113 West 60th Street, New York, N.Y.


“The focus is to bring awareness and professional training to the public,” said Tina Maschi, Ph.D., assistant professor at GSS and founder of Be the Evidence. “Last year we held forums, and this year we’re focusing on town hall speakers and a professional training series to bring in experts and hear from participants.”

The event, which is free and open to the public, marks the one-year anniversary of the groundbreaking “Aging Prisoners Forum: A Crisis in Need of Intervention,” hosted Oct. 8, 2011 at Fordham.

This year’s series—which features practitioners, researchers, and advocates—kicked off on Sept. 15 with a day of discussion, including a presentation by formerly incarcerated older adults on their struggle to reenter society.

To register for the Oct. 10 event, click here.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,100 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre at Heythrop College in the United Kingdom.
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