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Project Curate Conferences Presents:

Reimagining Incarceration & Reentry

A Community Approach


JULY 28 & 29, 2016



About the Event

The 2016 CURATEconference on incarceration and re-entry was a great success. We thank you for your participation and work towards criminal justice reform and helping those formerly incarcerated re-enter into society. For a donation of $100, we are offering all of the videos of the plenary talks and panel discussions to be downloaded. This donation is to offset the cost of the conference filming.


If you have any questions about individual videos or audio files please contact

Successful reintegration of people from prison back into mainstream life in Houston is vital for the benefit of everyone in our community. It is not a journey that can be made alone. This conference will bring together criminal justice professionals, community service providers, academics, community organizations (faith-based and non), and people who have spent time in prison to share ideas and help us to shape a new way forward together. Individually, and together, we form the contours of the world we live in. This conference is a chance for us all to think together about what kind of a world we want to live in and how we can work together to bring it about.


SPEAKER resources and presentations

Once you have made a $100 donation, you can view the videos of the conference here. 




Prior to becoming Dean of the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University-Newark, Dr. Shadd Maruna has worked at Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Cambridge, and the University at Albany, SUNY. Dean Maruna’s book, Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives, was awarded the Hindelang Prize for “outstanding contribution to criminology” in 2001. More recently, Dr. Maruna has received the Hans Mattick Award for Distinguished Contribution to Criminology in 2014, and the inaugural Research Medal from the Howard League for Penal Reform in 2012. Dr. Maruna has been a Soros Justice Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar and an H. F. Guggenheim Fellow. He is the editor of the book series “Psychology, Crime and Justice” for American Psychological Association Books, and co-edited the book Fifty Key Thinkers in Criminology with Keith Hayward and Jayne Mooney (2010).


Jesuit Father Gregory J. Boyle is the founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, Calif. From 1986 to 1992, Father Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church, then the poorest Catholic parish in the city, located between two large public housing projects and the territories of numerous gangs. By 1988, he and parish and community members started what would eventually become Homeboy Industries, now the largest and most successful gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world.  Homeboy trains and employs former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to over 10,000 people who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life.  Father Boyle is the author of the 2010 New York Times-bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. He is the subject of Academy Award winner Freida Lee Mock’s 2012 documentary, G-Dog. He has received the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame.  In 2014, the White House named Father Boyle a Champion of Change. He was named 2016 Humanitarian of the Year by the James Beard Foundation, the national culinary-arts organization.


Anthony Graves is also known as Death Row Exoneree 138. Anthony spent eighteen and a half years in prison, sixteen of those in solitary confinement, twelve on Texas Death Row, with two execution dates, for a crime he did not commit. With Anthony’s steadfast focus on his innocence and the tireless work of The Innocence Network, he was vindicated and released in 2010.

Since, he has spoken at prestigious universities and organizations all over the world, including the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project’s 25th Anniversary with retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the Anti-Defamation League’s Summer Associate Program, and he testified at the U.S. Senate Judiciary Hearing on Solitary Confinement led by Senator Dick Durbin.


Dr. Ruth Armstrong works at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. Her doctoral studies examined life after release from prison and described the gritty realities of trying to get out of a life of crime on a day to day basis. She has published on the role of trust in desistance from crime, on the role of faith communities working alongside people released from prison, and on the realities of doing research with people in prison and after prison.

Her current research, funded by the British Academy, involves the implementation and evaluation of 'Learning Together', an initiative whereby university students and prisoners study together within a prison. The course design is informed by intergroup contact theory, desistance theory and educational theories of how learners reach their full potential. It aims to look at the consequences of curating spaces of connection and learning within secure environments and beyond.

You can download and view the speaker presentations for free here




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