Postponed until 2021: Social and Ecological Infrastructure for Recidivism Reduction

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Postponed until 2021: Social and Ecological Infrastructure for Recidivism Reduction

March 19 - 21, 2021


About the Conference

With a commitment to the health and safety of our community, we have made the decision to postpone this event until March 19-21, 2021. Please save the dates. We hope to see you next year!

Image Source: The New Garden Society and Lisa Kessler

Co-convened by Boston College and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

A three-day conference with researchers and practitioners exploring the intersection of societal and ecological solutions to reduce recidivism through plenary sessions and workshops.

Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation

Logistics and Other Information

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. 

Schedule of Events

8:00am to 8:30am

Registration, Coffee, and Connecting

8:30am to 9:00am

Welcoming Remarks

9:00am to 10:30am

Plenary Panel

Theory and Practice of Socio-Ecological Infrastructure for Recidivism Reduction

Johnna Christian, Jarid Manos, Raquel Pinderhughes, Avi Brisman
10:30am to 12:00pm

Concurrent Sessions

Insight Garden Program, Where Life Grows from the Inside-Out

Beth Waitkus, Arnold Trevino, Ray Harts

An Unlikely Partnership, Balancing Security with Therapeutic Landscape Benefits in a Correctional Setting

Julie Stevens, Patti Lund

Prison Food & Recidivism Reduction

Leslie Soble, Terah Lawyer, Jordyn Lexton, Mark McBrine

Ecological Conservation and Environmental Education

Kelli Bush
12:00pm to 1:00pm


1:00pm to 2:30pm

Concurrent Sessions

Workshop on Creating Responsive Therapeutic Places to Improve Wellbeing

Amy Wagenfeld, Daniel Winterbottom, Naomi Sachs

Designing Local Food Programs in Jails and Prisons

Abrah Dresdale

Gardening in Carceral Settings Across the U.S.

Rima Green, Sharon Everhardt, Daniela Jauk, Stephen Carmody, Andria Blackwood, Brenda Gill, Mirabai Collins

The Green Team, Transitional Employment and Vocational Training

Nick Guntli, Fabricio Suxo, Paulene Hosein
2:30pm to 3:00pm


3:00pm to 4:30pm

Concurrent Sessions

Urban Wood Project: Baltimore

Morgan Grove, Jeff Carroll, Gene Wilson, Sarah Hines

Prison Garden Pedagogy

Renée Portanova, Erika Rumbley

Designing Equitable Evaluations for the Carceral Setting Using Whole Measures

Angela Roell

Greening Behind the "Wall", Reflections of an Interdisciplinary Built Environments Studio Class

Daniel Winterbottom, Amy Wagenfeld, Lori Coppenrath, Shannon Payton
4:30pm to 6:00pm

Plenary Panel

Growing Change: Reclaim, Sustain, Attain

Noran Sanford and collaborators
8:30am to 9:00am

Registration, Coffee and Connecting

9:00am to 10:30am

Plenary Panel

Sustainability in Prisons Project, Developing Transformative Partnerships for People, Research, and Ecosystems

Kelli Bush, Steve Sinclair, Carolina Landa
10:30am to 12:00pm

Thematic Research and Practice Sessions: Agriculture, Food, and Economic Justice

Prison Agriculture in the United States, A Preliminary Investigation of an Uneven Practice

Joshua Sbicca, Carrie Chennault

Reimagining Food Justice, From Farms to Prisons

Kanav Kathuria, Antoin Quarles

Prison Gardens, Food Justice, and Prison Abolition, The Possibilities and Limitations

Evan Hazelett
10:30am to 12:00pm

Thematic Research and Practice Sessions: Varieties of People - Plant Interactions in Prisons and Jails

Horticultural Therapy on Rikers Island

Becca Amos, Melanie Reed

Selecting Plants for Prison and Jail Gardens

Tony Hall

Aquaponics in Corrections

Michael McLeon
10:30am to 12:00pm

Thematic Research and Practice Sessions: Education, Life, and Work Skills Through the Environment

Good Karma, An Educator Reflects on 7 Years of Gardening at the Country's Largest Temporary Juvenile Detention Center

Jen Cullerton Johnson

Life Skills in a Prison Garden, Biophilia for Reentry

Hans Hageman

Transition from Prison to Work in the Washington State Department of Transportation Environmental Field

Tony Bush
10:30am to 12:00pm

Thematic Reseach and Practice Sessions: Incarceration and Families

Play Free, Play-Based Education and Exploration for Children with an Incarcerated Mom

Payton Friess

Re-Connection Through the Garden, Healing Inside the Walls

Daniel Winterbottom
12:00pm to 1:00pm


1:00pm to 2:30pm

Concurrent Sessions

Workshop on Implementing Empowering Environmental Education in Prison and Jail Settings

Raquel Pinderhughes

Gardening Inside and Out, Reflections on Connecting with our Social and Ecological Environments

Stacy Burnett, Manny Gonzalez, Alex Hall, Floyd Jarvis, William Jett, Jocelyn Apicello

Correctional Conservation Collaborative, Reducing Recidivism while Increasing Pennsylvania’s Capacity to Meet its Environmental Goals

Shea Zwerver, Greggory Clegg

Leveraging Data-Driven Strategies to Advance Values of Restorative Justice and High-Performance Building Design

Shannon Payton, Lori Coppenrath
2:30pm to 3:00pm


3:00pm to 4:30pm

Concurrent Sessions

Strengthening Protective Factors through the Design and Use of Therapeutic Landscapes in Prisons

Julie Stevens, Amy Wagenfeld, Barb Toews

Envisioning a World Without Prisons, The Application of an Abolitionist, Land-based Framework to Recidivism Reduction

Douglass DeCandia, Abrah Dresdale, Jalal Sabur, Jocelyn Apiecello

Security to Sustainability

Ryan Fries, Rebekah Mende

Bars Without Barriers Prison Outreach, STEM Education, Prisoners, and Their Families

Heather Kleiner, David Boone, Ebony Mitchell, Dianne Clark
4:30pm to 6:00pm

Concurrent Sessions

Creating Meaningful Production, Marketable Training, and an Infectious Moral Boost, All on a DOC Budget

Mark McBrine

Restoration Not Incarceration, Lessons Learned from an Ecological Rehabilitation Program for the Formerly Incarcerated

Christine Norton, Jarid Manos, Calvin Glenn

The Nature of Resilience and Recovery in the Prison Landscape

James Jiler

Food Policies and Protocols in Prisons: A Roundtable Discussion

Abrah Dresdale, Brittany Florio
8:30am to 9:00am

Coffee and Connecting

9:00am to 10:00am

Plenary Panel

Strategies to Advance Research and Practice

Michelle Kondo, TBD
10:00am to 11:30am

Workshops on Future Directions and Needs in the Field

11:30am to 12:30pm

Closing Session

12:30pm to 1:30pm


8:00am to 6:00pm

Friday, March 19, 2021

8:30am to 6:00pm

Saturday, March 20, 2021

8:30am to 1:30pm

Sunday, March 21, 2021