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. BARS has also been highlighted in the Daily Pennsylvanian for student involvement in criminal justice reform in Philadelphia.
Most recently, BARS co-hosted the Reform Philly event with RocNation, featuring guests such as Meek Mill’s mother and attorney, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Bryan Stevenson.
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.
If you are interested in being a guest writer for the BARS publication team please complete the following form.
BARS currently has chapters at the University of Pennsylvania, Howard University, and New York University.
If you are interested in starting a BARS chapter at your college or university please complete the following form.