Beyond the Bars Conference

Beyond the Bars is an annual student-driven interdisciplinary conference on mass incarceration held at Columbia University.  Each year the conference brings together students, faculty, activists, advocates, practitioners, those who have experienced incarceration, community members and more to  connect, galvanize and deepen the work to end mass incarceration, and to build justice and equity.

Beyond the Bars 2019

The 9th Annual Beyond the Bars Conference of the Center for Justice at Columbia University is focusing on the incarceration and criminalization of women and girls, as well as their families and communities. Our focus is inclusive of transgender, non-binary,LEARN MORE >

Beyond the Bars 2018

  Ending the Incarceration of Women and Girls  Thursday March 1st – 6:30-9pm Columbia Law School, Rm 106 435 W 116th St, New York, NY 10027 Building the Movement: Conversations with Patrisse Khan-Cullors  Friday March 2nd  7:30-9:30pm –  (Doors atLEARN MORE >

Beyond the Bars 2017

BEYOND THE BARS 2017 RECAP Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 7th annual Beyond the Bars Conference: Transcending the Punishment Paradigm.  We are grateful for the more than 1500 attendees and the 150+ speakers who joined us overLEARN MORE >

Beyond the Bars 2016

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who joined us over the three days, all of the amazing speakers, the more than 1600 attendees, the many organizations, the Columbia Staff and all of those who worked toLEARN MORE >

Beyond the Bars 2015

The 2015 Beyond the Bars conference was a powerful weekend that brought together people from different spaces and places to think critically about issues across the carceral continuum and discuss ways to work towards lasting, transformative justice. Kicked off by Michelle Alexander on Friday night, theLEARN MORE >