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Why social and ecological infrastructure for recidivism reduction?

There has been a growing interest in policies, procedures or practices that promote public safety and reduce recidivism. At the same time, local ecological sustainability initiatives are increasingly common in communities across the United States. In recent decades, corrections departments, community-based organizations, and educational institutions have brought these ecological and criminological fields of research, policy and practice together in new ways.

This work takes many forms, from institutional sustainability initiatives to community greening, therapeutic horticulture programs, permaculture design, recycling protocols, science courses and green jobs training. Some practitioners have been at work for over a decade growing within the walls of state prisons, county jails, or youth detention centers. Others are building links from prison gardens to land-based careers on the outside, integrating college credits with agricultural training, or working with families of incarcerated loved ones and communities impacted by incarceration. 

This national conference will convene researchers, practitioners, community leaders, and policy makers who work at the intersection of correctional programs, community-based interventions and ecological sustainability.  Together we will learn, connect, recharge, and plan. Join us!


Call for presenters

We are pleased to announce this call for presenters for a conference on “Social and Ecological Infrastructure for Recidivism Reduction,” to be held March 12-15, 2020, at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in New Haven, CT.


We welcome proposals from educators, program managers or directors, therapists, correctional practitioners, farmers, food or environmental justice advocates, researchers, and academics. We especially encourage those who have been impacted by incarceration (and/or work directly with those who are) to submit proposals. 


Proposals may be for individual papers (20 minutes in length), full panels, or hour-long workshops.  Possible topics may include (but are not limited to) the following areas as they relate incarceration, reentry, and/or community-based interventions:

•    science-based and STEM education 
•    food systems and nutrition
•    landscape ecology, plant materials, and design 
•    vocational training and green industry opportunities
•    community greening practices and partnerships
•    ecological or conservation research 
•    horticultural therapy and therapeutic gardens 
•    program evaluation metrics and strategies
•    ethics for research and evaluation 
•    developing and sustaining collaborations 
•    innovative use of qualitative, quantitative, or spatial research methods 
•    program design and management 
•    transition from prison to school or work in green industries
•    programming, outreach and mentorship during re-entry
•    recruiting, training and supporting prison volunteers
•    community and economic development
•    farming, rural economies and food systems
•    sentencing and green alternatives to incarceration 
•    therapeutic methods and activities
•    evidence-based practice or curriculum


Please click below to submit your proposal.  If you have any questions about submitting your proposal, contact Matt DelSesto at delsesma@bc.edu.  THE DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 1, 2019. 


Limited financial aid is available to support presenters or participants with limited income, especially those who are full-time educators or students, work in small non-profit organizations, or have been personally impacted by incarceration. To apply for financial aid, please submit a request including, 1) a description of your personal commitment to conference topics, 2) a description of your individual and household income for 2019, 3) estimated travel and lodging costs for the conference, and 4) any additional information needed to demonstrate financial need to Matt DelSesto at delsesma@bc.edu.  Review of aid requests will begin November 1, 2019. Requests received after that date may not receive full consideration. 



More details coming soon!

Accommodations in New Haven

Travel to New Haven

By Train:  

MetroNorth Railroad and Amtrak make regular stops at New Haven's Union Station.

By Bus:  

Bolt Bus and Greyhound have regular service to New Haven.  

By Plane: 

Go Airport Shuttle and Red Dot Shuttle provide shuttle service from the following nearby airports to New Haven:

- Bradley International Airport in Hartford, CT

- LaGuardia Airport in New York, NY

- JFK International Airport in New York, NY

- Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, NJ

It is also possible to fly into New York City airports and take Metro North Railroad from Grand Central Station to New Haven's Union Station.



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Get in Touch

If you have questions about the event please contact the lead conference organizer, Matt DelSesto: delsesma@bc.edu