December 11, 2013
Stefan Bradley

S.A.A.S. Hosts Author for Discussion of Prison Industry Complex

Attorney and SLU alumna Christi Griffin, J.D., discussed ideas from her new book with the Society of African American Studies and members of the St. Louis community.

Participants in the discussion pose with Griffin
Christi Griffin, J.D. (seated), attorney, SLU alumna and director of The Ethics Project, poses with attendees of the Society of African American Studies-hosted event. Submitted photo

Attorney and Saint Louis University alumna Christi Griffin, J.D., presented ideas from her new book, Incarcerations in Black & White: The Subjugation of Black America, at the Society of African American Studies' (S.A.A.S.'s) first event of the semester Dec. 3.

Students, faculty and staff were invited to participate in this discussion about the pressing issue of mass incarceration, particularly in the African-American community. Justin Hansford, J.D., assistant professor in the School of Law, was also on hand to moderate the discussion and offer insight into the prison industrial complex from an educator's point of view.

"It was a fantastic event that brought awareness to the issue of mass incarceration in the United States and highlighted Dr. Griffin's unwavering dedication to attain justice for all," said Stefan Bradley, director of the African American Studies Program.

Members of the SLU and local community came out to support Griffin and S.A.A.S., including members of the African American Male Scholars Initiative (AAMS), students from the African American Studies Program, doctoral candidates and students from Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School.

Guests in attendance were encouraged to share their opinions and ask Griffin questions both about her book and about her work with the Ethics Project, whose mission it is to "reduce the impact of crime, wrongful prosecutions and mass incarcerations by increasing collaboration of agencies and ministries that serve those most affected by crime and by raising the bar on ethical conduct within the system."

Stay tuned for more information about S.A.A.S.'s upcoming events in spring 2014. Contact S.A.A.S. president Briana Moody at for more information about the organization. To get involved with The Ethics Project, contact Griffin at

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