We are a student organization shedding light on issues involving mass incarceration and dismantling the incarceral state.
Madison Dawkins – Founder & President
Madison is committed to criminal justice reform, and hopes to use BARS as a platform to bring awareness to the injustices that the plague the U.S Criminal justice system.
Cary Holley – BARS Publication Team
Cary joined BARS after finding out about the systematic oppression in our criminal justice system. She hopes that BARS will be able make an impact on the criminal justice system in Philadelphia through bringing awareness to inequality and volunteering for local nonprofits.
Nia Kaudo- BARS Publication Team
Nia Kaudo is a senior double majoring in Africana Studies and Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. She joined BARS, because she agreed that a space to engage in honest dialogue about the inner workings of America’s carceral society was both urgent and necessary on this campus. Attending school in Philadelphia, which has felt the implications of mass incarceration particularly hard among its residents of color, has created a strong responsibility and a passion in her to work towards reversing the damage and expansion of these practices. Nia describes joining BARS was one of the most meaningful choices she has made during her time at Penn!
Chinaechelum Vincent- BARS Publication Team
Once Naeche’s eyes were opened to the truths and horrors of what is mass incarceration, it was something she couldn’t stay away from. When a system is working against so many people in society, she believes that we must fight back. Through BARS, she has a platform to help those affected, along with many like-minded and driven individuals with the same goal. It’s time to end the age of mass incarceration and enter an era of education, rehabilitation, and liberation.
Jenna Liu – BARS Marketing Team
Jenna is a sophomore in the college studying PPE and hoping to pursue law after graduation. She first became involved with criminal justice issues as a student reporter interviewing victims of Missouri’s oppressive drug policies. She is excited to continue this work with BARS and hopes that the space can facilitate an important discourse at Penn about the need for change in the system.
Jordan Andrews- BARS Communications Director