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Columbia University has received nearly three million dollars in grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through its program in Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities. The awards entail a renewal of $1.7 million for the Justice-in-Education Initiative, developed under the direction of Geraldine Downey, professor of Psychology and director of the Center for Justice, and Eileen Gillooly, executive director of the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities, to provide educational opportunities for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals.

Humanities New York sits down with Josie Whittlesey of Drama Club and Cameron Rasmussen and Ryan Burvick from the “Beats, Rhymes and Justice” program. They discuss the Action Grant-supported projects they offer to incarcerated youth (men and women under the age of 21) on Rikers Island. Humanities NY s a partner of the Heyman Center on our Public Humanities Fellowships, many of which have gone to graduate students whose supported projects took them to Rikers.

PEN America’s $10,000 Writing for Justice Fellowship will commission six writers—emerging or established—to create written works of lasting merit that illuminate critical issues related to mass incarceration and catalyze public debate.

From The Nation: The Cruel and Unusual Punishment of Doyle Lee Hamm The State of Alabama was warned that its planned execution of Hamm would be painful and torturous. It kept going anyway.

Professor Bernard Harcourt, on the Society of Fellows' Governing Board, is featured in this New York Time's OpEd piece on Doyle Lee Hamm, a cancer patient currently on death row in Alabama.

The Senate’s top education leaders will consider reinstating Pell grants for incarcerated students, a move that would restore a federal lifeline to the nation’s cash-strapped prison education system.

​Topeka K. Sam hosts a new groundbreaking show on SiriusXM Urban View Last Mile Second Chances. Last Mile Second Chances is a continuation of the radio documentary 'The Last Mile'.

Bernard Harcourt's article "The Ghoulish Pursuit of Executing a Terminally Ill Inmate" appears in this week's The New Yorker.