July 8: Transforming Prisons Through Education (with Todd Cioffi)
Monday, July 8
2:00pm – 4:00pm
In recent decades, the United States has seen a spike in incarceration rates, more so than any other Western country. What is causing “mass incarceration”? What can we do about mass incarceration? In recent years, studies have shown that higher education in prisons is dramatically transforming our prisons. One such program is the Calvin Prison Initiative, offered through a partnership between Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary. The Calvin program offers prisoners in the Richard Handlon Prison in Ionia, MI, a B.A. in Faith and Community Leadership. Currently, the Calvin program is in its fourth year and has nearly 75 students pursuing a liberal-arts-based, fully accredited college degree. The impact of the Calvin program on Handlon Prison has been nothing short of miraculous. Come hear how education is transforming Michigan’s prisons.
Todd Cioffi earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Hope College, and an M.Div. and Ph.D in systematic theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the director of the Calvin Prison Initiative and an Associate Professor at Calvin College in the Department of Congregational and Ministry Studies. He has taught at Whitworth University, Villanova University, Princeton University, and Princeton Theological Seminary. His academic interests include theology, church and society, Christian ethics, and political theology. He is currently working on a book on Christian business ethics with Peter Snyder, Professor of Business at Calvin College.