Conference on Social and Ecological Infrastructure for Recidivism Reduction
Mar 18, 2021, 12:30 PM – Apr 20, 2021, 6:00 PM
Virtual Conference

Event details

The 2021 conference will take place fully online/virtually over the course of one month at the following dates and times (all in EST / Eastern Time):

  • THURSDAY, 18th of MARCH, 12:30-5PM EST

  • FRIDAY, 19th of MARCH, 1-5PM EST

  • SATURDAY, 20th of MARCH, 1-5:30PM EST

  • TUESDAY, 23rd of MARCH, 3-5:15PM EST

  • TUESDAY, 30th of MARCH, 3-5:15PM EST

  • TUESDAY, 6th of APRIL, 3-5:15PM EST

  • TUESDAY, 13th of APRIL, 3-5:15PM EST

  • TUESDAY, 20th of APRIL, 2-5:15PM EST



The virtual conference is co-hosted by Boston College and Yale School of the Environment. It offers a full and engaging program over the course of a month— representing a wide range of topics and approaches to this work. Presenters at the conference represent community-based/ non-profit organizations, colleges/ universities, and governmental agencies/ departments from more than a dozen states.  THERE IS NO COST TO REGISTER.

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. 


The conference convenes 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!


In March 2021 we will meet virtually.  The virtual conference identifies the range of academic disciplines, professional practices, and social actions that contribute to social and ecological infrastructure for recidivism reduction. It aims to initiate cross-disciplinary conversations that are relevant to research and practice, and identify key issues for moving forward the field. 


In 2022 (dates TBD) we will gather in-person at the Yale School of the Environment.  The in-person conference thematically expands on the theories, strategies, and practices presented in 2021.  It aims to contribute to a platform for further knowledge sharing, collaboration, and implementation within and across fields.  


Additional opportunities

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If you are new to this work, or just want more structure in attending the 2021 virtual presentations, consider registering for the VIRTUAL PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP that is being organized at Boston College. The workshop includes additional resources and background on the topic.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE VIRTUAL PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP.

Stay tuned for more details on the in-person conference in 2022. It will be hosted by the Yale School of the Environment, and it will take place at Kroon Hall (195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511).  More 2022 conference details will be posted soon!



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Get in Touch

If you have questions about the event please contact the lead conference organizer, Matt DelSesto:

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