Saint Louis University

Tuesday, April 1
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Busch Student Center 253 A

Sponsored By: Saint Louis University Prison Program

The state of Missouri's incarcerated population is in excess of 30,000 people; typically 97% of these individuals return to the community. What is the SLU community doing to serve those who are incarcerated and the rest of the state? What can we do to promote pro-social behavior and self-efficacy for those who are incarcerated? How can we prevent men and women from returning to prison after they've been released? Please join the SLU Prison Program team - Julie O'Heir, Mary Gould, Devin Johnston, Karen Barney and - as we discuss what our program does and how it relates directly to the mission of Saint Louis University. We hope to have a meaningful exchange on what it means to be present to the incarcerated community, how high rates of incarceration affect the entire community, and what our program provides to address these societal needs.

The SLU Prison Program provides educational opportunities to incarcerated men and prison staff at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic, and Correctional Center (ERDCC) in Bonne Terre, MO. We offer SLU courses to two cohorts of students (incarcerated men and prison staff) leading to an Associate of Arts degree, as well as non-credit arts programming. The Prison Arts & Education Program brings speakers and workshops to the facility, and the Prison Program is currently working to expand our programming to the needs of inmates re-entering society.