March 08, 2013


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Social Science Colloquium Series at Bucknell University will host the panel discussion, "People, Policies and Prisons: Experiences with Incarceration in Pennsylvania," Thursday, March 21, at 4 p.m. in the Formal Living Room of Hunt Hall.

The discussion, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Social Science Colloquium Series on mass incarceration in the United States.

The panel will discuss the policy-based social and economic factors that contribute to criminal behavior and sentencing, and also shape the experiences of incarceration and re-entry into society.

The panelists represent a wide range of experience with incarceration in Pennsylvania, from lived experiences of incarceration and societal re-entry, to top institutional leadership, to lower level prison employment, to policy advocacy in- and outside of prisons, to community programming/organizing, and education.

Panelists are:

  • John Wetzel, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, founding member of St. Seraphim Homeless Shelter, core team member of Brother 2 Brother mentoring initiative, formerly a correctional officer and treatment counselor;
  • Ann Schwartzman, policy director at the Pennsylvania Prison Society, with more than 20 years of experience in the field of criminal justice program management, training and facilitation, and advocacy and public policy;
  • Tina Dixon Spence, executive assistant to the director of the Pennsylvania Prison Society, formerly incarcerated at SCI Muncy;
  • Tyrone Werts, consultant at both the Philadelphia Public Defenders Association and Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, and executive director of the Lifers Safety Initiative, formerly served 36 years at SCI Graterford prior to commutation.

Contact: Division of Communications

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