©2019 by Social and Ecological Infrastructure for Recidivism Reduction.

    A Conference on Social and Ecological Infrastructure for Recidivism Reduction
    Mar 13, 8:00 AM – Mar 15, 2:00 PM
    New Haven, CT, USA

    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!


    Event registration

    Calling all researchers, educators, program managers or directors, therapists, corrections professionals, farmers, landscape architects, and food or environmental justice advocates!


    Are you interested in understanding, researching, or implementing ecological sustainability initiatives in correctional settings or communities that are impacted by incarceration? The conference promises to be full and engaging 3 days— representing a wide range of topics and approaches to this work. With 28 sessions and 4 plenary panels over the course of 3 days, the conference will be a powerful space to learn and connect. Presenters at the conference will represent 19 states, 19 community-based/ non-profit organizations, 18 colleges/ universities, and 11 governmental agencies/ departments. 


    Registration is now open. Register today! Limited spaces are available!  

    CLICK HERE TO VIEW CONFERENCE PROGRAM.  Note that portions of the program are still to be announced.  Check back for updates!



    The conference begins at 8am on Friday, March 13 and concludes at 2pm on Sunday, March 15. It is hosted by the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and will take place at Kroon Hall (195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511).



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    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