In the spring of 2017 the BARS organization was formed in order to create a space on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus in which students could engage in dialogues relating to criminal justice reform. Through BARS, students are able to gain exposure to realities of the carceral state.
To date, the BARS organization has hosted several successful events including a film screening of the acclaimed documentary Life After Life, and several community dialogues with collaboration with Lauren Fine of the Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project, and Philadelphia activist Tyrone Werts.
The BARS publication is currently staffed by three talented team members who have written a variety of different articles that highlight different facets of the carceral state. Our first issue included an interview with a gentleman that is currently serving a life sentence. More recent articles have focused on families and the carceral state, as well as on recidivism.
More recently, BARS has been highlighted in the Daily Pennsylvanian for student involvement in criminal justice reform in Philadelphia.
After a successful first year, the BARS organization is looking to expand!
If you are interested in being a guest writer for the BARS publication team please complete the following form.
If you are interested in starting a BARS chapter at your college or university please complete the following form.