The Center for Justice works to increase access to education for currently and formerly incarcerated students as well as expand educational opportunities for students and faculty at Columbia and beyond to learn about issues of incarceration and justice.  The Center serves as a catalyst for curriculum development both within individual schools and disciplines, and through interdisciplinary courses and hosts a wide array of public programming throughout the year including our annual Beyond the Bars Conference.

Rikers Education Program

The Rikers Education Program (REP) provides opportunities for students at Rikers Island (ages 16-21) and Columbia University students and faculty to engage in college-oriented education programming with a focus on social justice issues.  REP works with Columbia faculty and graduateLEARN MORE >

The June Jordan Fellowship

 2017 June Jordan Fellowship Recipients ♦  Application Requirements ♦ Fellowship Staff and Sponsors ♦ Frequently Asked Questions  ♦ Press, Media, and Events    **Thank you for your interest in the June Jordan Fellowship. The Fellowship is currently in transition. Please check backLEARN MORE >


The Center for Justice offers trainings regularly to support people working to advance alternative approaches to justice, safety and accountability.  We are humbled to work with a variety of trainers from across the country.  Please find a calendar of ourLEARN MORE >

Justice Through Code

  Justice Through Code is a coding bootcamp that will serve as a gateway for formerly incarcerated individuals to career track positions in the technology sector. Taught over the course of ten weeks on Columbia University’s Morningside Campus, it willLEARN MORE >

Justice-in-Education Initiative

The Justice-in-Education Initiative is a collaboration between the Center for Justice at Columbia University and the Heyman Center for the Humanities, along with the Media and Idea Lab of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, to provideLEARN MORE >

Just Futures

Just Futures, a collaboration with Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, is a restorative justice education and leadership program for youth and young adults who are detained or incarcerated. Just Futures works to support education, healing and leadership of youth andLEARN MORE >